FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS DALLAS MAN ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
DALLAS — A federal grand jury in Dallas returned an indictment last week charging Jeffrey Wayne Day, 24, with one count of shipping and transporting child pornography and two count of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.
Day has been in federal custody since his arrested on September 2, 2011, on related charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint. According to that complaint, a detective with the Dallas Police Department, who was investigating persons involved in sharing child pornography via a peer-to-peer network, found several files indicative of child pornography that he traced to Day. A search warrant was executed at Day’s residence in Dallas and a forensic examination of the computer equipment seized revealed more than 20,000 images and videos of child pornography.
An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the shipping and transporting count carries 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. Each possession count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
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 the Dallas Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is in charge of the prosecution.
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