Former Alarms Systems Salesman Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography
|Nov. 30, 2011|
Houston – Douglas Bruce Parsons, 64, has pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake accepted the plea at a hearing today in Houston.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) agents in Corpus Christi, Texas, were using peer-to‐peer software and discovered an IP address registered to Douglas Bruce Parsons of the 8000 block of Silent Cedars Drive in Houston sharing images and videos of child pornography. ICE-HSI Cyber‐Crimes Division in Houston assumed the investigation and executed a search warrant at Parsons’ address. At that time, they discovered a large volume of child pornography during an onsite preview of the computers in his home. A subsequent forensic analysis of three computers and an external hard drive resulted in the discovery of approximately 17 digital images and 178 videos representing more than 58 hours of videos containing child pornography on the hard drives.
As part of the documents in support of the plea today, Parsons admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography using peer-to-peer programs to obtain images and videos of child pornography. He also admitted that his system allowed others to share his collection of the child pornography on his computer.
Parsons is set for sentencing on Feb. 24, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, at which time he faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment as well as a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Parsons also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose 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.
This case, investigated by ICE-HSI as part of Operation Predator and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Demetrius Bivins, 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./