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June 1, 2011

BACLIFF MAN INDICTED FOR DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(GALVESTON, Texas) –  A four-count sealed indictment charging Larry James Kramer, 38, with possession and distribution of child pornography has been unsealed following his appearance before U.S. Magistrate John R. Froeschner, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

A federal grand jury in Houston returned a four-count indictment on May 18, 2011, charging Kramer with three counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Kramer was taken into custody by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents today following his surrender to authorities. Today, Judge Froeschner ordered Kramer released on a $30,000 bond pending trial on the charges with the several special conditions including that he be confined to his home and prohibited from the use of an electronic device which could access the Internet and from contact with children.

Kramer is accused of distributing images containing child pornography on March 09, 2009, Dec. 14, 2009, and Dec. 15, 2009, as well as possessing child pornography on Jan. 21, 2010, on a home computer and other storage devices.

Kramer faces a no less than five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment if convicted of distributing child pornography. Possession of child pornography carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment. All four charges are also punishable by maximum fines of $250,000 upon conviction. Additionally, each offense carries a maximum life term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children. A conviction for any of the counts charged mandates registration as a sex offender.

The investigation leading to the indictment was conducted by HSI as part of Operation Predator. The prosecution is 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov./

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Demetrius Bivins is prosecuting the case.

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