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Addison, Texas, Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense

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November 1, 2012

Faces 12 Years in Federal Prison

DALLAS — Guy Martin Johnson, 56, of Addison, Texas, has pleaded guilty to a felony information charging one count of transportation of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Following his plea, U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver remanded him into custody.

According to the terms of the plea agreement, if the Court accepts Johnson’s plea, the parties agree that the appropriate term of imprisonment is 144 months. In addition, Johnson faces up to a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for February 17, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay.

According to documents filed in the case, the investigation began in late January 2012 when law enforcement officials in Florida were involved in an undercover investigation targeting individuals preying on individuals who prey on children on the internet using popular social media sites. An officer, acting in an undercover capacity, entered a chat room, posing as a mother who had a son interested in sex with an adult male. That same day a man, later identified as Johnson, contacted the “mother” and over the course of several days, chatted with the “mother” and expressed his desire to have sex with her 14-year-old son.

A few days later, Johnson talked to the “mother” and asked her if she would like him to send her some videos and images of child pornography, and she agreed. At that time, Johnson sent the “mother,” over the internet, 21 images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

The undercover officer, still posing as the “mother,” continued the chats with Johnson and discussed Johnson traveling to Florida to meet her son to have sex with him. However, Johnson never did travel to Florida.

In May 2012, members of the Dallas Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home; Johnson admitted that he chatted over the internet in a chat room to someone in Florida, but that it was all fantasy. An analysis of the computer equipment seized during the search revealed 149 images and two videos of child pornography. Johnson admitted that he distributed images to the “mother” that included bondage and other sadistic acts involving minors.

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 case is being investigated by the Dallas Police Department’s ICAC and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is in charge of the prosecution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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