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LONGVIEW MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 31-year-old Longview, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
DERRICK LAMONT WALKER pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, on Aug. 9, 2008, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Walker's Longview residence and seized his personal computer. A forensic analysis of the computer's hard drive revealed more than 10 visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Walker was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 4, 2009.
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.
Walker faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was 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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