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Gregg County Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Violations
TYLER, Texas – A 44-year-old Longview, 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.
Ronald Lee Strader pleaded guilty on July 6, 2011, to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison on Jan. 10, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 13, 2011, a federal search warrant was executed at Strader's residence. During the investigation, Strader admitted that he used the internet to search for, download, and view child pornography. A forensic analysis of his computer revealed 477 images of child pornography. Some of the videos depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sadistic and 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 the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes/Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.