DALLAS WOMAN ADMITS USING HER CELL PHONE
TO TAKE AND SEND PHOTOGRAPHS OF A SIX-YEAR-OLD CHILD
ENGAGED IN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONDUCT
Defendant Faces 30 Years in Federal Prison
DALLAS — Holli Chapman, 38, of Dallas, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, if the Court accepts the plea, the agreed-upon sentence is 360 months (30 years) in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Chapman, who remains in federal custody, is to be sentenced on May 14, 2012, by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey.
According to documents filed in the case, Chapman admitted using her cell phone to create visual depictions of a six-year-old child, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, Chapman admitted that she sent the images, via text message, to another individual.
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
The investigation is being conducted by the Dallas Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller is in charge of the prosecution.