Fort Worth Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense
FORT WORTH, Texas — Michael Kristopher Gilbert, 29, of Fort Worth, Texas, appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging one count of distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Gilbert, who has been in custody since early April 2012 on charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint, faces a statutory sentence of not less than five or more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 26, 2012, by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means.
According to documents filed in the case, in October 2011, a Special Agent with the FBI, acting in an undercover capacity to investigate the online distribution of child pornography, entered a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. The agent entered Gilbert’s shared directories and downloaded images of child pornography. In March 2012, when FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at Gilbert’s home, Gilbert admitted that he had been using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to trade files depicting child pornography, and had done so as recently as the prior day. Law enforcement located images and videos of child pornography on Gilbert’s computer.
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."
The FBI is leading the investigation; Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.
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