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ORANGE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
BEAUMONT, Texas — A 41-year-old Orange, 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.
Roger Dale Landry, II, pleaded guilty on Sep. 15, 2010 to receiving and distributing child pornography and was sentenced to 204 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. Landry received an elevated sentenced because the court found he distributed child pornography to a person he believed to be a minor.
According to information presented in court, on Sep. 4, 2009, investigators with the Somervell County, Texas Sheriff's Office engaged in online undercover operations posing as a 13-year-old girl. Landry then instant messaged the undercover investigator, engaging in sexually explicit dialogue and attempted to meet to engage in sexual acts with person he believed to be an underage female. A federal search warrant was executed at Landry's home on Cantor in Orange, Texas and his personal computer was seized. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed that Landry had engaged in sexually explicit chats with over 200 minors or persons claiming to be minors, often encouraging them to view his webcam, where he would perform sexually explicit acts. The examination also revealed over 150 images of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Oct. 7, 2009 charging Landry with child pornography violations.
This case is being 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Somervell County Sheriff's Office, the Garland, Texas Police Department, and the Beaumont Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.
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