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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2012

Van Zandt County Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Violations

TYLER, Texas – A 37-year-old Fruitvale, 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. 
                 
Jeremy Erwin pleaded guilty on Feb. 28, 2011, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Erwin was also ordered to forfeit ownership of computers and other media in his possession and agreed to a $10,000 restitution judgment as to two victims. 

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 29, 2009, Erwin was in possession of computer equipment that contained images of child pornography.  Erwin was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 6, 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 ICE/HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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