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May 19, 2009


(HOUSTON, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Stephen R. Killingsworth, Huntsville, Texas, for possessing child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Killingsworth, 43, was charged on May 12, 2009 of possessing images of child pornography on a desktop computer on March 4, 2008. He was arrested last night by special agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith today at 2:00 p.m.  At that hearing, the United States will request that  Killingworth remain in federal custody without bond pending trial.

The charges against Killingsworth are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the ICE Houston Cyber Crime Operation Predator squad which focuses its attention on investigating offenses involving the exploitation of children.

If convicted of the sole count of the indictment, Killingsworth faces up to ten years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000 and an extensive term of supervised release.

This case 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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Stabe.

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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