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Dallas Woman Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Using Her Cell Phone to Take and Send Photographs of a Six-Year-Old Child Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

May 14, 2012

DALLAS — Holli Chapman, 38, of Dallas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 30 years in federal prison, and a lifetime of supervised release, following her guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, Chapman admitted using her cell phone to create visual depictions of a six-year-old child, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, Chapman admitted that she sent the images, via text message, to another individual.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

The investigation was conducted by the Dallas Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit and the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller was in charge of the prosecution.























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