North Fort Worth Man Sentenced to Nearly 22 Years in Federal Prison for Downloading Images of Child Pornography From the Internet
FORT WORTH, Texas — Michael S. Starowicz, 39, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to a total of 262 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2011 to two counts of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, Judge McBryde ordered that Starowicz serve a lifetime of supervised release and register as a sex offender.
According to documents filed in the case, in September 2010, Fort Worth Police officers responded to a “peeping tom” call at a residence in Fort Worth. The victims reported that their 10-year-old daughter reported seeing a video camera on the bathroom windowsill of their home as she was exiting the shower. Officers were once again dispatched to the home a few months later and they detained Starowicz, who had been seen filming from outside the victim’s home.
Starowicz admitted to secretly taking photos and videos of individuals as they showered. The defendant also admitted that there would be child pornography on his home computer. An examination of all Starowicz’s computers and related storage media items was performed and officers discovered child pornography. Starowicz admitted that he had obtained the child pornography via the Internet.
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 investigation was conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis was in charge of the prosecution.
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