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Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography

Oct. 31, 2011

HOUSTON – Peter Kingman Lindsley, 49, has pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore accepted the plea at a hearing today in Houston.

The investigation began when the Beaumont Police Department, using peer-2-peer software, discovered an IP address registered to Peter K. Lindsley of the 1400 block of  Richmond Avenue in Houston sharing images and videos of child pornography. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber-Crimes Division assumed the investigation and executed a search warrant at Lindsley’s address. At that time, they discovered a large volume of child pornography during an onsite preview of a desktop computer found in  Lindsley’s  bedroom. A subsequent forensic analysis of the computer resulted in the discovery of approximately 3,805 digital images and 860 video files that depicted children engaging in lewd exhibitions of the genital and the anus, sexual intercourse and deviant sexual acts, the vast majority of which involved infants.

As part of the documents in support of the plea today, Lindsley admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography from the Internet and possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography.
           
Lindsley has been in federal custody since his initial appearance on May 25, 2011. He will remain in federal custody  pending his sentencing hearing, which is set for March 5, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., at which time he faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Lindsley 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 is the result of an investigation conducted by 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./

HSI investigated with the assistance of the Beaumont Police Department. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Demetrius Bivins is prosecuting the case.

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