San Angelo, Texas, Man Sentenced to 151 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Offense
LUBBOCK, Texas — Clifford Ralph Blair, 58, of San Angelo, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 151 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2012 to one count of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Judge Cummings also ordered that Blair serve ten years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment, which is to begin on May 25, 2012.
Blair admitted that he downloaded images and videos of child pornography onto his personal computer by using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.
This matter 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, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Lubbock Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, was in charge of the prosecution.
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