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SMITH COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
TYLER, Texas – A 62-year-old Tyler, 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.
William Robert Pate pleaded guilty on Aug. 16, 2010, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on Jan. 18, 2010 by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
According to information presented in court, on Mar. 26, 2010, law enforcement investigators executed a search warrant at Pate's home for suspected child pornography after images were reported as being uploaded to an Internet website from Pate's IP address. During the investigation, Pate admitted to downloading child pornography over the internet and gave permission for the search of his computers. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed approximately 97 images and 7 videos of child pornography, some of which depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct. Pate was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 8, 2010.
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 the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.