DALLAS MAN FACES UP TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DOWNLOADING IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FROM THE INTERNET
DALLAS — Marcus Morgan, 37, of Dallas, pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to one count of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Morgan, who has been in custody since his arrest in August 2011, faces a statutory sentence of not less than five or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Boyle on March 1, 2012.
According to documents filed in the case, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers with the Dallas Police Department executed a search warrant at Morgan’s residence on August 10, 2011, that resulted in the identification of well over 600 images of child pornography on his computer and Morgan’s subsequent arrest. Morgan admits that he used file-sharing software to search for, find and share images of child pornography. He advised agents that they would find thousands of images and videos of child pornography on his hard drive and that some of those images portrayed sadistic and/or masochistic conduct. At his detention hearing, Morgan admitted that he is “addicted” to child pornography, and has been so since age 15.
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.
ICE HSI and the Dallas Police Department are in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Miller is prosecuting.
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