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June 22, 2009

HOUSTON MAN INDICTED FOR DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - A federal grand jury has indicted Roger Lynn Noble, of Houston, for distributing and possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Noble, 63, who was arrested on June 12 by the FBI has been charged in a two-count indictment with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The indictment, returned June 9, 2009, accuses Noble of distributing and possessing child pornography between July 11 and Dec. 11, 2008. At a hearing Wednesday June 17, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacy ordered Noble ordered Noble to remain in federal custody without bond pending trial on the charge finding his continued detention was necessary to protect the community.  

The charges against Noble are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the FBI Houston’s Cyber Squad Innocent Images Unit which focuses its attention on investigating offenses involving the exploitation of children via the internet.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the court heard that the charges against Noble were the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Houston’s Cyber Squad Innocent Images Unit dedicated to investigating online exploitation of children and child pornography. FBI allegedly came in contact with Noble when an undercover agent posed as a father of two children online. According to testimony during the hearing, Noble showed an interest in having sexual relations with the undercover’s daughters and sent the undercover several images, all of which depicted child pornography. Most of the images were of prepubescent females with their genitals exposed in a lascivious manner with a few of the images involving penetration. After obtaining a warrant, the FBI conducted a search of Noble’s computers which allegedly revealed many more images of child pornography. 

Noble faces a mandatory minimum statutory sentence of five years imprisonment up to a maximum of 20 years if convicted of distribution of child pornography. The possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment upon conviction. Upon completion of any prison term that may be imposed if convicted of violating either of these federal statutes, Noble 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.

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.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

 

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