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May 25, 2011

HOUSTON MAN ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND ON DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) –  A three-count sealed indictment charging Peter Kingman Lindsley, 49, with possession and distribution of child pornography was unsealed this morning following his arrest and initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate George Hanks, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

A federal grand jury returned the three-count indictment on May 18, 2011, charging Lindsley with two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Lindsley was arrested by officers of the Houston Police Department on Jan. 24, 2011, on related state charges and has been in state custody until his arrest today on the federal charges. Lindsley waived a hearing on the government’s motion to detain him without bond pending trial resulting in U.S. Magistrate George Hanks granting the motion.

Lindsley faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 if convicted of distribution of child pornography. Possession of child pornography carries a maximum punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 upon conviction. Each offense also carries a maximum life term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children. Additionally, a conviction for any of the counts charged mandates registration as a sex offender.

The investigation leading to the indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-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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