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Garland, Texas, Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Conviction

July 23, 2012

DALLAS, Texas — James Armstrong Sparkman, 70, of Garland, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 240 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, Sparkman admitted that he used the Internet and file-sharing software to download video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He also admitted that he possessed well over the equivalent of 600 images of child pornography and that these images/videos included images of prepubescent minors and material that portrayed sadistic and/or masochistic.

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 (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

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Garland Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller was in charge of the prosecution.






















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