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April 22, 2013

Jefferson County Man Arrested for Child Exploitation Violations

 BEAUMONT, Texas — A 32-year-old Port Neches, Texas man has been arrested on child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Christopher Dale Harrison was arrested on Apr. 19, 2013 pursuant to a federal criminal complaint charging him with possession, distribution, receipt, and production of child pornography.  Harrison appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin today.

This case is being prosecuted 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.

If convicted, Harrison faces up to 30 years for the production charges and up to 10 years for the other charges.

This case is being investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations HSI-ICE, the Port Neches Police Department, the Beaumont Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Englade.
            It is important to note that an arrest, indictment, or complaint should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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