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U.S. Department of Justice


United States Attorney James T. Jacks
Northern District of Texas

 

 

 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA INQUIRIES: KATHY COLVIN

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txn/

 

 


 

 

COPPELL, TEXAS, MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSE

DALLAS — Gary Mack Johnson, 54, of Coppell, Texas, pleaded guilty this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Johnson, who is on bond, faces a statutory sentence of not less than five years or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for August 8, 2011.

According to documents filed in the case, Johnson admits that in February 2010, he was using the Internet and logged onto a website that functions as a gallery post offering numerous links to various child pornography websites. This particular website offers a special “chat” feature where users can access an assortment of different “rooms.” In these rooms, the user can, among other things, hold online text conversations, and post messages, photos and graphics to the entire room or to a specific user. Even though the website has a warning indicating that users are not to post child pornography, Johnson uploaded two child pornography images to specific users in the chat room. Johnson admitted that he did chat online with others about his desire to have sex with children, and would sometimes send and receive child pornography with those persons with whom he chatted.

When officers with the Dallas Police Department executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home in Coppell on May 13, 2010, they seized his computer, an external hard drive and a cell phone. Forensic analysis revealed that there were numerous images and videos of child pornography on his computer and cell phone. Johnson admits that some of the images were of prepubescent minors under age 12, and that some of the images depicted bondage and other sadistic acts involving minors.

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

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Dallas Police Department are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is in charge of the prosecution.

 

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