FORT WORTH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE
Faces Up to 20 Years in Federal Prison
FORT WORTH, Texas — Louis E. Gray, 40, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. District Judge John McBryde to an Information charging one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Gray faces a statutory sentence of not less than 10 or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He has been in custody since July 6, 2011, when law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence. Sentencing is set for November 10, 2011, before Judge McBryde.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, when special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at Gray’s residence, where he resided alone, they located two working computers and 17 hard drives. A forensic examination of two of those hard drives has shown they contain approximately 2500 images of child pornography.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. 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
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis is in charge of the prosecution.