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Former Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

Oct. 13, 2011

HOUSTON - James Walter Porter Jr., 57, has pleaded guilty today to one count of receipt of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

The charges against Porter are the result of an investigation conducted by the Pasadena Police Department (PPD), U.S. Postal Inspection Service and officers with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Porter was arrested on the federal charges in July 2011 and has been detained in federal custody since his arrest.

The investigation began on July 24, 2010, when PPD officers were called to a home in Pasadena, Texas, by the homeowners. The house had been leased to Porter, who had moved out without notifying the homeowners. The homeowners were cleaning the house when they found several CDs in the house. They viewed a CD and found what they believed was child pornography and contacted the police.

Officers searched the Pasadena home and found computers, CDs, several hundred pornographic magazines, such as “Barely Legal,” and printed pictures of child pornography. A forensic exam was done on the seized material and child pornography was found on one of the computers and the CDs.

Officers learned that Porter was now living at a home in Highlands, Texas. On Dec. 1, 2010, Porter was arrested at the post office where he worked. At that time, Porter had an MP3 player that contained child pornography. Officers seized from the Highlands residence an HP all-in-one computer and an external hard drive and a Motorola cell phone. These items were submitted for forensic exam and child pornography was found on all three items. In addition, approximately 10,000 printed images of child pornography were found.
           
The sentencing is set for Jan. 12, 2012, at which time he faces a sentence of at least five and up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Porter 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.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Stabe, 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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