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Hardin County Man Guilty of Child Pornography Violations
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 45-year-old Lumberton, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Dean Bailey Swift pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Feb. 23, 2012 before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 12, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at Swift's Lumberton residence. During the search, a desktop computer was seized. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed 64 images of child pornography in allocated space and 59 images in unallocated space. Additionally, the computer was found to contain 1,318 images of 'child erotica' –images that generally depict semi-clothed children in provocative or sexual poses. At least one image depicted a prepubescent minor under 12 years of age engaged in sexually explicit acts.
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.
Swift faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the ICE/HSI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.