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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2012

Jefferson County Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 52-year-old Groves, 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 Damian Newsom pleaded guilty on July 12, 2011, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. 

According to information presented in court, on May 28, 2010, a federal investigation led to the search of Newsom's personal computer at his home in Groves.  A forensic examination of the computer revealed it contained over 350,000 deleted images of child pornography. 

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 Christopher T. Tortorice.

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