July 29, 2010
RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENDS CORPUS MAN TO PRISON
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Kevin Dean Evans, 46, of Corpus Christi, has been sentenced to prison for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
Considering the real harm caused to the victims whose images of sexual exploitation Evans received and possessed, the need to deter others from engaging in similar behavior and the interest in protecting the community, United States District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Evans to 84 months in federal prison to be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release. While under the court’s supervision upon release from prison, the court has ordered Evans abide by a number of conditions designed to protect children including that Evans register as a sex offender for his lifetime.
Evans pleaded guilty on April 21, 2010 to receiving child pornography via the internet admitting to receipt of an image of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct on Sept. 24, 2009. Evans has been in federal custody without bond since his Jan. 25, 2010 arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.
Evans came to the attention of the Corpus Christi Police Department and the FBI in January 2010 through his online communications with an undercover police officer in a chat room dedicated to persons interested in child rape and ultimately lead to Evan’s receipt of child pornography and the execution of a search warrant at Evans’ Corpus Christi residence and the seizure of his computer. A forensic examination of Evans’ computer led to the discovery of pornographic images depicting children, some of which depicted child victims previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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 was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Lance Duke.
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