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July 8, 2009

BLOOMINGTON MAN CONVICTED OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Joey James, 26, of Bloomington, Texas, has been convicted of possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

At a hearing Monday before United States District Court Judge John D. Rainey, James pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on July 17, 2007.  James admitted possessing two images of known victims of child pornography, as determined by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and more than five images of unknown victims of child pornography under the age of 12.

James has been permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing which is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2009. Possession of child pornography which had been mailed, shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine and up to a life term of supervised release, during which the court can require the defendant to register as a sex offender, obtain treatment and any number of other conditions designed to protect children and to prevent further receipt/possession or distribution of child pornography via the Internet.

James’ ownership and possessory interest in the computer system, hard drive and flash drives which contained the images of child pornography are to be forfeited by the defendant.

The investigation leading to the charges was initiated by the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD), Computer Crimes Unit, after receiving information from James’ employer about a  flash drive containing child pornography, which was found on the floor at James’ workplace. The CCPD and FBI continued the investigation which lead to Davis’ indictment on federal child pornography charges being filed. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carol Wheeler.

This case 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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