Abilene, Texas, Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Federal Prison for Uploading Image of Child Pornography to the Internet
ABILENE, Texas — Connell Wilson Cook, 20, was sentenced in federal court in Abilene, Texas, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 60 months in federal prison and a 10-year term of supervised release, following his guilty plea in November 2011 to one count of transportation of child pornography. Cook has been in federal custody since his arrest on July 27, 2011, when a federal search warrant was executed at his residence in Abilene. Cook will also be required to register as a sex offender. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, Cook admitted downloading several images of child pornography from the Internet, planning to later sell them on the Internet. In March 2011, Cook uploaded one of the images back to the website from which he had downloaded it.
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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
ICE HSI was in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, prosecuted.
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