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Jefferson County Man Guilty of Child Pornography Violations
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 31-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Johnathan Lee Evans pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin.
According to information presented in court, on Aug. 31, 2011, a federal search warrant was executed at Evans' residence on El Paso Avenue in Port Arthur. Several computers and related media storage devices were seized and a forensic analysis of the equipment revealed approximately 100 videos and 57,000 images of child pornography. Some of the images depicted prepubescent children under the age of 12 years engaged to sexually explicit conduct. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Sep. 21, 2011, charging Evans with federal violations.
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.
Evans faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.