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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

March 23, 2011

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CORPUS CHRISTI MAN SENTENCED FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - Frank L. Burdick, 51, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to a term of 135 months imprisonment for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. The sentence, handed down late yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Rainey, will be followed by a 10-year-term of supervised release during which the court has imposed a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

At the time of his plea on Dec. 21, 2010, Burdick admitted he had previously used an online file sharing program to search for and acquire child pornography. A roommate who was residing with Burdick in August 2010 reported to the Corpus Christi Police Department that he had observed Burdick viewing images of child pornography on a computer within the home. A computer was seized and a subsequent search of the computer led to the discovery of more than 100 imagesand six videos of child pornography consisting of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Several of the images and videos depicted victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A second roommate later discovered an envelope with Burdick’s name that contained several printed images of child pornography. Those images were dusted for fingerprints and two of them were found to contain Burdick’s fingerprints.            
In sentencing Burdick, 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 Burdick presents.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States 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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