Woman Who Admitted Sending and Receiving Text Messages That Included Photos of Child Pornography is Sentenced to 168 Months in Federal Prison
DALLAS — Amber Schmidt, 24, of Garland, Texas, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 168 months (14 years) in federal prison and a 10-year term of supervised release, following her guilty plea in January 2012 to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, Schmidt used cell phones and text messaging to send images of child pornography to others. One of the individuals to whom she sent child pornography was Gary Lee Jackson, 26, also of Garland. He was sentenced last month to 360 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in December 2011 to one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. He admitted receiving numerous images of child pornography on his cell phone from Schmidt. Schmidt admitted that she sent the child pornography to Jackson because she knew he “was into that.” Schmidt also admitted that she sent child pornography to other people because in order to receive child pornography, you had to send child pornography as well.
Schmidt further admitted that she possessed images of child pornography that included bondage and other sadistic acts involving minors. Subpoenaed cell phone records contained chat logs of Schmidt chatting with not only Gary Lee Jackson, but others with whom she was trading child pornography. In these chat, Schmidt discussed her desire to receive images of young children engaged in sexual behavior and when she received them, she would acknowledge how sexually aroused she was by the images.
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 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."
The investigation was conducted by the Dallas Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the Garland Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks was in charge of the prosecution.
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