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Sept. 2, 2009

INGLESIDE RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIA THE INTERNET

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Terry Lee Bietendorf, 50, of Ingleside, Texas, has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.

Beitendorf pleaded guilty today before United States Chief Judge Hayden Head, admitting he possessed a pornographic image on Sept. 22, 2006, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Bietendorf has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest on July 28, 2009, and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

The investigation leading to the charges against Bietendorf was conducted by the Corpus Christi office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Bietendorf came to the attention of law enforcement when he was found to have subscribed to a known child pornography website. A search warrant executed at his residence in Ingleside on Oct. 15, 2008, resulted in the seizure of his personal computer. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed the existence of more than 5,000 images and videos of child pornography received and or possessed by Bietendorf. The images and videos involve numerous child victims, many of whom have been previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Judge Head has set sentencing for Nov. 19, 2009. Bietendorf faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both and up to a lifetime term of supervised release during which the court can impose conditions designed to protect children and prevent further receipt or distribution and exploitation of children via child pornography.

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke.

 

 

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