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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

Feb. 22, 2010

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AREA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Corpus Christi resident Richard Louis Cedor has been convicted of possessing child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

At a hearing this afternoon before United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack, Cedor, 56, pleaded guilty - admitting that between March and July 2009 he possessed and accessed with intent to view child pornography consisting of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct which he obtained via the internet. Cedor was indicted in December 2009.

The investigation leading to the charges conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Corpus Christi Police Department was initiated when subscriber information related to a child pornography website taken down by law enforcement was discovered. That information was ultimately associated with Cedor. In June 2009, a search warrant was executed at his residence and forensic analysis of Cedor’s computer led to the discovery of more than 600 images and videos of child pornography.

Judge Jack has set sentencing for May 12, 2010. Cedor faces a maximum of 10 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 inform the public and protect children. Cedor has been in federal custody without bond since his mid-January 2010 arrest in Brownsville, Texas, and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke is prosecuting the case.

    

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