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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 07, 2013

BEAUMONT MAN RECEIVES FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCE FOR POSSESSION OF MATERIAL INVOLVING THE SEXUAL EXPLOITAITON OF CHILDREN

            Beaumont, Texas – A 25 year old Beaumont, Texas man was sentenced to federal prison after having pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of children announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Michael Brandan Griffith was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison during an appearance before United States District Judge Marcia Crone today.  Griffith had pleaded guilty on April 9, 2013 to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of children. 

            According to information presented in court, on Jan. 20, 2012, federal and local agents executed a search warrant at Griffith’s residence in Beaumont, Texas. Several computers and digital storage devices were seized during the search and found to contain more approximately 111 images and 59 videos of child pornography. Some of the material included prepubescent children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit 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 Beaumont Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security - Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Tortorice.          

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