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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

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Pawned Laptop results in ticket to Prison


BEAUMONT, Texas — A 22-year-old Cleveland, 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.

Jordan Scott Wheeler pleaded guilty on Apr. 1, 2010, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 18, 2009, Wheeler pawned his laptop computer at a Cleveland, Texas pawn shop.  After defaulting on the loan, a pawn shop employee was preparing the laptop computer for resale and discovered images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The pawn shop employee contacted police and a forensic analysis was conducted revealing 611 images of child pornography.  A search warrant was issued for Wheeler's residence resulting in the discovery of a second laptop computer which contained over 1,000 images of child pornography, some of which depicted children under the age of 12 involved in sexually explicit conduct.  Wheeler was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 18, 2010.

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

This case was investigated by U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's cyber Crimes Unit and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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