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July 28, 2009

INGLESIDE RESIDENT CHARGED WITH RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARRESTED

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Terry Lee Bietendorf, 50, of Ingleside, Texas, has been arrested following the return of a seven-count indictment accusing him of receiving and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. The indictment was returned under seal on July 22, 2009, and unsealed today following Bieendorf’s arrest.

Bietendorf is expect to make his initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at which time the United States will seek his continued detention pending a hearing on its motion to hold Biedtendorf in custody without bond pending trial.

The indictment alleges Bietendorg received and distributed child pornography via the internet consisting of images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct between September 2006 and April 2007.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Corpus Christi office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke and is 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.

Indictments are formal accusations of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law
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