Addison, Texas, Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Conviction
DALLAS — Guy Martin Johnson, 56, of Addison, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 12 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, following his guilty plea in November 2012 to one count of transportation of child pornography. Johnson has been in federal custody since he entered his guilty plea. 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, the investigation began in late January 2012 when law enforcement officials in Florida were involved in an undercover investigation targeting 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.
The 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, 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 Dallas Police Department’s ICAC and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.
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