Oct. 27, 2010
HOUSTON MAN INDICTED FOR PRODUCING, ADVERTISING, DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(HOUSTON) - A federal grand jury has indicted Edward Jorodge Gladney, 26, on four counts of producing child pornography and one count each of distributing, advertising and possessing child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
The 7-count indictment, returned today, accuses Gladney of producing child pornography as far back as 2002 and distributing the child pornography as recently as June of 2010.
The charges against Gladney are the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Innocent Images Unit of the Houston FBI, including task force officers from Houston Police Department, which focuses its attention on investigating offenses involving the exploitation of children via the internet.
Gladney faces a mandatory minimum statutory sentence of 15 years imprisonment up to a maximum of 30 years for producing and advertising child pornography. The distribution of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years up to 20 years imprisonment. The possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Each charge is also punishable by a $250,000 fine. If convicted, upon completion of any prison term imposed, Gladney faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect the children and prohibit the use of the Internet.
The United States has asked the court for an order transferring Gladney from the Harris County Jail, where he is currently being held on state charges, to federal custody to respond to these allegations.
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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 Sherri L. Zack.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
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