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July 21, 2010

AREA MAN CONVICTED OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Found victims in internet chat rooms

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -  Kevin Paul James, 27, of Rockport, Texas, has been convicted of production of child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

James, in custody without bond since his April 2010 arrest, pleaded guilty today during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack to production of child pornography as alleged in a superseding indictment returned by a Corpus Christi grand jury on June 23, 2010. Judge Jack set sentencing for Oct. 01, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., at which time he faces a minimum of 15 and up to 30 years imprisonment.

During today's hearing, James admitted he had previously accessed a social networking site on the Internet where he met two minor females with whom he began communication. James lied about his age in order to gain access to the chat rooms where he met his victims, knowing he was communicating with minors. James also admitted sending sexually explicit photos of himself to his minor victims and requesting and receiving sexually explicit photos from them.

Law enforcement officials became aware of James’ criminal activities when family members of a victim reported the improper contact between James and their minor child. The investigation revealed the existence of sexually explicit texts and images sent by James to the victim. On Dec. 18, 2009, the Corpus Christi Police Department executed a state search warrant on James’ residence in Rockport which led to the discovery of several electronic media storage devices that were found to contain images of child pornography depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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.

The case against James is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke.

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