August 27, 2009
HOUSTON MAN SENTENCED TO ALMOST 20 YEARS FOR SEXUALLY EXPLOITING A CHILD ONLINE
(HOUSTON) – Perry Adkins, of Houston, has been sentenced to 19.6 years in federal prison for online sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today. U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt handed down the sentence on Aug. 24, 2009.
On Feb. 23, 2009, Adkins, 60, pleaded guilty - admitting he had coerced underage girls to remove their clothes and/or perform sexual acts on themselves via webcam which he then recorded and distributed to others. He also admitted he possessed thousands of images of child pornography.
Edmonton Canada Police Service – Alberta Provincial Integrated Child Exploitation Unit in Alberta, Canada, contacted the Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) in October 2006 after receiving a complaint from a social networking site that an adult user had threatened to travel to Canada and shoot a teenage girl’s friends unless she disrobed on webcam for him. Adkins e-mailed a link to the coerced pictures of the teen to other users of the site.
Acting on the information provided by Canadian authorities, investigators of the OAG Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force took additional investigatory steps to secure the information which ultimately led to the identification of Adkins as the online predator and his residence on Twopenny Lane in Houston. In January 2007, a state search warrant was executed by OAG investigators, Houston Police Department (HPD) officers and Harris County Sheriff’s (HCSO) deputies at Adkins’ residence. Investigators seized five computers and external media including seven hard drives and numerous CDs and DVDs. A forensic examination of the computers and external media by OAG forensic examiners resulted in the discovery of the photographs of the Canadian teen and more than 10,000 images and movies of child pornography, including images of adults sexually assaulting prepubescent females and toddlers.
A federal grand jury in Houston indicted Adkins on Dec. 17, 2007. He was arrested the following day and has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest.
For the sexual exploitation of a child conviction, Judge Hoyt sentenced Adkins to 235 months incarceration and a lifetime of supervised release upon release, including conditions imposed to ensure the safety of the victim, while he received 120 months for the possession of child pornography conviction. The court has ordered Adkins serve the sentences concurrently.
The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Angela S. Goodwin.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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