DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

FORMER LONGVIEW BAND DIRECTOR SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 59-year-old Longview, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            ALBERT SLATTER, JR., pleaded guilty on Oct. 27, 2009, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

            According to information presented in court, on Mar. 31, 2009, Slatter, who was employed as a band director for the Longview school district, was arrested in Longview on a complaint alleging possession of child pornography.  Slatter was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 8, 2009 and charged with federal violations.

            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 was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Longview Police Department and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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