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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2011

NEDERLAND, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIOLATIONS

         BEAUMONT, Texas – A 25-year-old Nederland, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 
                 
Matthew James Bodden pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 20, 2010, a federal investigation led to the search of Bodden's personal computer at his home in Nederland.  A forensic examination of the computer revealed it contained over 600 images of child pornography. 

Bodden 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 ICE/HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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