July 15, 2009
SEPTUAGENARIAN CONVICTED OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Welles D. Bacon, 72, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been convicted of possessing child pornography following his guilty plea to the charge this morning, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Indcted on June 10, 2009, Bacon appeared today before United States District Judge Janice Graham Jack and admitted to having subscribed to several pay child pornography websites beginning in 2005 and continuing until 2008. During that period, Bacon received numerous videos and images containing child pornography, many of which involved sadism and masochism perpetrated on the real, prepubescent child victims. The child pornography was discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and the Corpus Christi Police Department during the execution of a federal search warrant on Bacon’s Corpus Christi home on Feb. 6, 2009. At that time, Bacon readily admitted to acquiring and possessing child pornography for several years.
Bacon was remanded into custody upon his conviction. Judge Jack has set sentencing for Sept. 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke prosecuted the case.
The 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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