Dallas Man Sentenced to 336 Months in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Convictions
Defendant Convicted at Trial on Four Child Pornography Offenses
DALLAS — A Dallas man who was convicted at trial in March 2014 on various child pornography offenses, was sentenced today, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Ted Lynn Snider, 44, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 336 months (28 years) in federal prison and a 10-year term of supervised release. After a two-day trial followed by less than one hour of deliberation, a federal jury convicted him on two counts of transporting and shipping child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
In May 2013, the FBI discovered that a particular individual, later identified as Snider, was online sharing images and videos of young children engaged in vile and graphic sexual acts. On May 29, 2013, the FBI executed a search warrant at Snider’s residence, and while at the residence agents spoke with Snider. He admitted he had been using a file sharing program to trade files depicting child pornography and that he maintained a categorized, child pornography collection on his computer and external hard drives. The FBI seized electronic evidence that contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.
During trial, a detective testified he located chat logs between Snider and others with a sexual interest in children who talked about their desire to sexually assault children. They also exchanged child pornography with each other, and in fact, chats between Snider and two individuals were part of the evidence elicited regarding counts two and three. In those chats, Snider and the two other individuals discussed how they wanted to molest the prepubescent children depicted in the photos.
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 FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay prosecuted.
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