Ellis County, Texas, Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Federal Prison for Processing, Shipping and Transporting Child Pornography
DALLAS — Gary Wayne Vitovsky, 53, of Ennis, Texas, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 160 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release following his guilty plea in October 2011 to a two-count indictment charging one count of shipping and receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, in March 2011, Vitovsky used the Internet to post images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In June 2011, Vitovsky possessed a hard disk drive that contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
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 (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller was in charge of the prosecution.
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