June 17, 2009
SEPTUAGENARIAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Welles D. Bacon, of Corpus Christi, has been arrested and released on bond following the return of a federal indictment charging him with five counts of possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Bacon, 72, was taken into custody on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, after surrendering to federal authorities following the return of the indictment on June 10, 2009. Bacon is accused of possessing videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his home computer in February 2009.
U.S. Magistrate Brian Owsley set bond at $50,000.
The case against Bacon 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.
The investigation leading to the Bacon’s arrest was conducted by agent of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke will be prosecuting the case.
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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