Howard County, Texas, Man Sentenced to 240 Months
ABILENE, Texas — Kerry Wayne Feaster, 36, of Coahoma, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis in federal court in Abilene, Texas, on Wednesday, June 15, 2012, to 240 months in federal prison and a 20-year term of supervised release, following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of transportation of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, Feaster, using the texting feature on his phone, initiated contact with an 11-year-old child. The child’s parent saw the texts, assumed the identity of the child, and after determining that Feaster’s intentions were inappropriate, authorized investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to pursue the investigation. Investigators assumed the role of the child and in subsequent communications between Feaster and the person he believed was the child, Feaster discussed sexual matters and sent a sexually explicit photograph to the child.
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 ICE HSI, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the Big Spring Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas.
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