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KEMP, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS
TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 21-year-old Kemp, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
WESLEY HENSON pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before U.S. District Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, in February 2009, Henson was found to be in possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of children at his Kemp, Texas residence. Henson knowingly possessed computer equipment which contained images of child pornography. These images had been shipped to him through interstate and foreign commerce via the Internet. Henson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 6, 2010.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Henson faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.
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