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June 22, 2009

LOUISIANA NATIVE INDICTED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND

(HOUSTON) - Sean Connery Showers has been ordered held without bond on possession of child pornography charges, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Showers, formerly of New Orleans, La., and a resident of Houston, was indicted on June 9, 2009, and arrested Friday, June 12 by agents of the FBI. Following a hearing on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy ordered Showers to remain in federal custody without bond pending trial, finding his continued detention was necessary to protect the community.  

Showers, 23, is charged with possessing child pornography on Aug. 31, 2007. During Wednesday’s hearing, the court heard that the charges against Showers 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. The FBI became aware of Showers when several agents located across the country downloaded images of child pornography from a computer that was allegedly traced back to Showers. Showers was allegedly in possession of more than 100 videos of various lengths depicting child pornography, including videos of children from toddlers to teens engaged in various sexually explicit acts. Sixteen of the videos were each more than 25 minutes long and the total collection ran for hours. 

Showers faces maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 as a possible punishment if convicted of possessing child pornography. In addition to any prison term, Showers also faces a maximum life term on 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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