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July 29, 2009

23-YEAR OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Sean Connery Showers, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

At a hearing before United States District Judge Sim Lake late this morning, Showers, 23, admitted to possessing child pornography on his computer.  The government’s evidence against Showers had this case gone to trial would have proved that on July 9, July 19 and Aug. 1, 2007, numerous images of child pornography from IP addresses connected with Showers at his residence on Gustine Lane in Houston were downloaded to law enforcement in three different jurisdictions. FBI’s Cyber Squad Innocent Images Unit in Houston, advised of the downloads, thereafter initiated an investigation and secured and executed a search warrant for the residence on Aug. 31, 2007.

The computer from which the downloads were made was located in Showers’ room. During an interview with agents, Showers told agents he used the computer in his room and controlled any others who used it and when they used it. He acknowledged the images of child pornography on the computer in the form of pictures and videos and explained how he had obtained them online and his attraction to the images.
 
A forensic analysis conducted on the computer revealed 94 images containing child pornography and 116 videos containing child pornography. In a sampling, there were images involving prepubescent children under 12 years old, images involving oral sex and images involving penetration, images with adults present and videos involving bondage. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was sent a copy of the images and found images of identified victims.
 
Showers was indicted on June 9, 2009, and charged with one count of possessing child pornography as a result of the investigation. The FBI Cyber Squad Innocent Images Unit is dedicated to investigating online exploitation of children and child pornography.

Showers faces maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Showers also faces a maximum life term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet. In custody without bond since his arrest, Showers will remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing set for Oct. 23, 2009.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack.

 

 

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