Dec. 17, 2009
DICKINSON AREA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(HOUSTON) - Richard Carl Green, 45, a resident of Dickinson, Texas, pleaded guilty and was convicted of possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison accepted Green’s guilty plea entered this morning and has set sentencing for March 9, 2010, at which time he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Green also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet. Green, who was released on bond following his Aug. 27, 2009, arrest, has been permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing.
The charges against Green are the result of an investigation conducted by the Galveston and Houston offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Texas Department of Public Safety and the Kemah Police Department. The ICE investigation began when agents with Newark ICE determined Green had paid for a subscription to a child pornography website. ICE agents were able to determine the computer used to join the website was located at Green’s business in the Clear Lake City area of Houston.
ICE agents identified the server hosting the child pornography images in Tampa, Fla., and executed a search warrant at that location. The search yielded e-mails and log files as well as images/videos that could be accessed on the website. Two e-mails from Green to the webmaster dated April 15 and 16, 2008, were found which stated he did not receive his purchase and asked the child pornography site to please check on it. On April 17, 2008, the webmaster e-mailed Green advising he was billed for $79.99 and provided a URL for him to access the child pornography website. Logfiles showed that Green accessed the child pornography website between April 17 and May 1, 2008, from a computer at his home in Dickinson.
Galveston ICE agents secured federal search warrants for the defendant’s residence in Dickinson and business in Houston and executed the warrants on March 19, 2009. Images of child pornography were discovered Green’s office computer, his home computer and on a number of CDs also found in his home.
More than 1000 images of child pornography and 127 videos containing child pornography were found with the CDs containing 124 of the videos. Some of the CDs were labeled with a known reference to a child pornography site. The images and videos were sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who verified that images from 19 identified victims were found on Green’s computer equipment.
This case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Stabe, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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