Fort Worth Man Faces Up to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography
FORT WORTH, Texas — Dwight L. Looney, 62, appeared this morning before U.S. District Judge John McBryde and pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography. He faces a statutory penalty of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison, up to a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. He will remain in custody pending sentencing, which is set for February 7, 2014, before Judge McBryde. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, in May 2010, Looney knowingly used, persuaded and enticed “Jane Doe” to engage in sexually explicit conduct, and Looney used a digital camera to take a still image of that conduct. Jane Doe was younger than 16 years old at the time.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s 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 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 is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fort Worth Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.
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