WICHITA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 36 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTION
Defendant Remanded Into Custody
WICHITA FALLS, Texas — William L. Ferguson, 38, of Burkburnett, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 36 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Ferguson pleaded guilty in November 2010 to one count of possessing child pornography. Judge O’Connor also ordered that Ferguson, who was taken into custody following today’s hearing, register as a sex offender and serve a lifetime of supervised release.
According to documents filed in the case, on December 23, 2009, special agents with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) visited the Ferguson residence based on a lead from the ICE Cyber Crimes Center. The lead concerned a target at the Ferguson residence, who was accessing and possessing child pornography via the Internet using peer-to-peer software. An examination of Ferguson’s computer and related storage media was performed and agents discovered child pornography.
Ferguson, a member of the U.S. Air Force, admitted that he used the Internet to acquire child pornography and that he viewed and saved images of minor female children, engaged in sexually explicit conduct, to his computer.
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 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.
The case was investigated by ICE HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth, Texas.
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