Former Teacher’s Aide Sentenced to 30 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Conviction
Shanice Adel Lambert Worked in Childress Independent School District
AMARILLO, Texas — A former teacher’s aide in the Childress Independent School District (CISD), Shanice Adel Lambert, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to 30 months in federal prison, following her guilty plea in November 2012 to one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Lambert was remanded into custody at the time of her guilty plea, and her custody was continued following the sentencing hearing.
According documents filed in the case, through her employment in the CISD as a teacher’s aide, and through this individual’s association with one of her children, Lambert met “John Doe,” a 15-year-old student at the school where she worked. In February 2012, Lambert engaged in a relationship with “John Doe” which became sexual in nature. On February 11, 2012, Lambert traveled to Altus, Oklahoma, for the purpose, among others, of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with “John Doe.” After arriving in Altus, Lambert rented a motel room and engaged in sexual acts with “John Doe.”
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, 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 FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Drake, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Amarillo, Texas, prosecuted.
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