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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 08, 2012

Harrison County, Texas Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Violations

TYLER, Texas – A 50-year-old Marshall, 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. 
                 
James Dennis Jefcoat pleaded guilty on Nov. 10, 2011, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 22, 2010, a federal search warrant was executed at Jefcoat's residence leading to the discovery of a laptop computer that was found to contain 17 videos and 343 images of child pornography.  Some of the material depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct.   

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 U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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