March 8, 2011
RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY RESULTS IN LONG PRISON TERM FOR VICTORIA MAN
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - Jerry Wayne Mooney Jr., 41, of Victoria, Texas, has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge John D. Rainey handed down the 10-year sentence and ordered Mooney to register as a sex offender and serve a 10-year-term of supervised release at a hearing held late yesterday afternoon. Mooney pleaded guilty to both federal felony offenses in December 2010. Judge Rainey revoked Mooney’s bond immediately after handing down the sentence and ordered him into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future where he will serve out his prison term.
At the time of his guilty plea, Mooney admitted that he had used an online file sharing program to search for and acquire child pornography consisting of images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in May 2010. Mooney’s illegal conduct was discovered by an undercover Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) officer who used the same file sharing program to identify and download images of child pornography directly from Mooney. A federal search warrant executed by FBI agents at Mooney’s Victoria, Texas, home in June 2010 resulted in the discovery and seizure of a hard drive containing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography, dozens of which had been previously identified as real victims by the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.
In deciding upon the sentence he ultimately handed down, Judge Rainey considered the real and continuing harm done to children whose instances of abuse were recorded and proliferated on the Internet as well as the need to protect the public from the future dangerousness Mooney presents.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke, 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.
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