Nov. 19, 2009
INGLESIDE RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIA THE INTERNET
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Terry Lee Bietendorf, 50, of Ingleside, Texas, has been sentenced to prison for receiving child pornography via the internet depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Bietendorf was sentenced today by United States District Judge Hayden Head to 20 years imprisonment to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release and also fined $5000. Judge Head handed down a number of conditions as part of Bietendorf’s term of supervised release intended to protect children and the community and to prohibit or curtail his use of the internet. Chief among those, Bietendorf is required to waive any rights to privacy with respect to his possession and use of any computer or other electronic storage media which either exists now or may exist in the future. Further, any such item is subject to search, without a warrant, by the person supervising Bietendorf’s release or any other law enforcement official. Bietendorf is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
Judge Head imposed the maximum sentence allowed by statute after finding that Bietendorf represents a real and ongoing danger to the community. In determining a sentence, Judge Head considered the extremely large number of images and videos of child pornography received and possessed by Bietendorf as well as the content of those images which Judge Head found to be some of the most perverse that could exist.
Bietendorf was arrested on July 28, 2009, after an investigation by the Corpus Christi office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement found he subscribed to a known child pornography website and the execution of a search warrant at Bietendorf’s residence in October 2008 resulted in the seizure of his home computer found to contain child pornography. A forensic analysis of Bietendorf’s computer resulted in the discovery of more than 5,000 images and videos received and or possessed by Bietendorf. The images and videos depicted numerous child victims, many of whom have been previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Bietendorf was ordered to remain in federal custody without bond following his arrest after a hearing during which evidence was presented leading U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington to find that Bietendorf failed to rebut the presumption that he presented both a risk of flight and a danger to the community.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke prosecuted the case.
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 and abuse. 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.
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