MESQUITE, TEXAS, MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTION
DALLAS — Brian Keith Warren, 48, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 240 months (20 years) in federal prison, following his guilty plea in September 2010 to three counts of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge Lindsay ordered that Warren register as a sex offender and serve a lifetime of supervised release following his imprisonment. Warren has been in custody since his arrest in August 2010 on related charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint.
According to documents filed in the case, on August 4, 2010, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), executed a search warrant at Warren’s home, and seized several computers and multiple hard drives. A forensic examination of one of the hard drives recovered from Warren’s closet revealed at least four video files containing child pornography. Warren admitted to downloading the child pornography using a commonly available peer-to-peer software file sharing program.
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 case was investigated by ICE HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason D. Schall.
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