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April 25, 2011

HOUSTON MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Curtis John Holt, 71, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced Holt to 121 months in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release at a hearing in federal court in Houston today. Additionally, Holt will also be required to register as a sex offender. Holt has been in federal custody since his arrest on June 1, 2010.

The federal charges brought against Holt were the result of Operation Peer Pressure, an FBI initiative to launched to combat the use of peer to peer software in the distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. The investigation was conducted by the FBI and resulted in the return of the federal indictment on May 24, 2010.

Evidence showed that Holt was sharing child pornography images through Peer to Peer software using his home computer. Initially, the FBI downloaded several images of child pornography from Holt. Based on the information obtained from the downloads, a search warrant was issued and executed at Holt’s residence where his computer was seized. Forensic analysis of the computer revealed 21 videos and five still images containing 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 Sherri L. Zack.

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