DALLAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSES
Defendant Faces Up to 40 Years in Federal Prison
DALLAS — Terry Berry, 47, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver to two counts of shipping and transporting child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Berry has been in custody since his arrest on August 22, 2011. For each count, Berry faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than five or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay on January 30, 2012.
According to documents filed in the case, Berry admitted using the Internet and peer-to-peer file sharing software to receive and share child pornography. In fact, Berry shared and transmitted child pornography to undercover law enforcement agents in New York and Florida.
In mid-June 2011, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Berry’s residence on Southwestern Blvd. in Dallas and seized a computer and related storage media. Berry admitted that he transported and possessed images and videos of child pornography that included bondage and other sadistic acts involving minors, and that he possessed images involving prepubescent 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.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller is in charge of the prosecution.
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