Clute Resident Pleads Guilty to Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography
|July 8, 2011|
HOUSTON - Alain Marcony Liszt, 47, has pleaded guilty today to two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
The investigation was initiated following a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Based on that information, officers with the Texas Attorney General’s Office secured a state search warrant and executed that warrant on Jan. 13, 2011, at Liszt’s residence in Clute, Texas. Liszt was present at the time and agreed to talk with the officers, admitting to searching for and downloading child pornography from the Internet for about four years. Liszt admitted to originally paying for child pornography sites, but revealed he ceased paying for them when he wasn’t finding new and more exciting images.
During the search, officers found a desktop computer and several hard drives on which a forensic exam was performed, revealing images of child pornography. Thousands of images and more than 1,000 videos of child pornography were found. Some of the images depicted prepubescent and pubescent males engaging in oral and anal sex with adult males.
The charges against Liszt are the result of an investigation conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Pearland Police Department. Liszt was arrested in January 2011 and has been detained in state or federal custody since that time where he will remain pending sentencing, set for Sept. 29, 2011.
At sentencing, Liszt faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years imprisonment on the receipt counts and a maximum 10 years on the possession count. Each count also carries with it a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Liszt also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe, 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.