Local Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Obscene Material to a Child
|Nov. 7, 2011|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Gregory Lynn Garner, 40, has pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
At the time of his plea less than an hour ago, Garner admitted to transferring obscene material between Feb. 23 and March 10, 2011, which consisted of images of his genitalia and himself engaging in sexual acts with an adult.
According to court documents, in February 2011 a detective with the Fort Worth Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), while acting in the undercover capacity, conducted an investigation into the online activities of persons soliciting children to engage in sexual activities. On Feb. 23, 2011, the detective encountered Garner in a general subject chat room on the Internet. Using the screen name “manwithplan,” Garner began chatting with the detective who identified himself as a 13-year-old girl. The chats continued through March 10, 2011.
During that period, Garner discussed the sexual experiences and interests of the child and requested that she send him photos. Garner sent multiple photos of himself, several of which depicted his penis and himself engaged in sexual acts with an adult. The investigation was able to determine that the person using the screen name “manwithplan” was Gregory Lynn Garner, a resident of Corpus Christi, at which time, the case was referred to the Corpus Christi Police Department’s (CCPD) ICAC task force. CCPD and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) executed a search warrant at Garner’s home in Corpus Christi on March 24, 2011, and a computer was seized which contained evidence of the chats and photos sent by Garner to whom he thought was a child.
Garner was arrested on the federal indictment on July 29, 2011, after surrendering to authorities with the assistance of his attorney.
Previously released on bond, Garner was remanded to federal custody after his plea today where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing, set for Jan. 17, 2012, before Senior United States District Judge Janis Graham Jack.
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.