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FRISCO, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS
PLANO, Texas — A 30-year-old Frisco, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Mark Alan Lasater pleaded guilty on Feb. 18, 2010, to a four-count indictment charging him with receipt and transportation of child pornography and was sentenced to 156 months in federal prison on Aug. 27, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Richard Schell.
According to information presented in court, Lasater was being investigated for purchasing access to a website which allowed users to view and access images of child pornography. In July 2009, law enforcement agents executed a federal search warrant at Lasater's residence in Frisco, and seized a personal computer. While federal agents were executing the search warrant, they discovered that Lasater was actively running a computer program that allowed numerous users to download child pornography videos from Lasater's computer. The computer was analyzed and found to have 27 images and 85 videos of child pornography. Some of the images depicted children less than twelve years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct and other videos depicted children engaged in sadistic and masochistic conduct.
This case was prosecuted 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.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Griffith.
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