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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010                                        PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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CARROLLTON, TEXAS MAN CHARGED WITH
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS

PLANO, Texas — A 54-year-old Carrollton, Texas man has been indicted on charges of child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Richard Missler was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 8, 2010 and charged with transportation and possession of child pornography and had previously been indicted on a charge of transportation of child pornography.  He has previously appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos J. Mazzant and has been in custody since June, 2010.

This case is being 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.

If convicted, Missler faces up to 20 years for the transportation charge and up to 10 years for the possession charge.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Griffith.

            It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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