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May 20, 2011

Orange County, Texas Man Guilty of Federal Child Pornography Violations

Used cell phone to photograph toddler

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 28-year-old Orange, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 
                 
Riley Rich Gibson, III, also known as Trae Gibson, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography today before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.  Gibson had appeared before Judge Clark for a scheduled competency hearing.  Once he was found competent, he entered a guilty plea.

According to court documents, on Sep. 23, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Gibson's residence located in the 1500 block of Link Avenue in Orange, Texas.  A search of Gibson's personal computer revealed images of child pornography, some of which are alleged to have been produced by Gibson by using his cell phone camera to photograph a female child younger than 3 years old in sexually explicit poses.  Gibson was arrested at the residence and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl S. Hines on Sep. 27, 2010, for an initial appearance, where he was remanded into custody pending a detention hearing.  Gibson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6, 2010.

Gibson faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 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, the Beaumont Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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