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|THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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LUFKIN MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 52-year-old Lufkin, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
PATRICK SANDERS pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession of child pornography today before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on May 4, 2009, law enforcement officers received information that Sanders possessed images of child pornography on his computer at the Boys and Girls Club in Lufkin, where he worked as the Director. A forensic examination of the computer confirmed it contained images of child pornography.
Sanders faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
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.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and the Lufkin Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa G. Flournoy.
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