Cuero Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography
|April 2, 2012|
VICTORIA, Texas – Archie Terry Howard, 33, of Cuero, Texas, has been convicted of distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
During his guilty plea today, Howard stipulated that on June 5, 2011, a concerned citizen reported the discovery of child pornography being viewed by a houseguest, Howard, on his cell phone. The Cuero police department responded to the call and made contact with Howard, at which time he admitted he had been using his cell phone to acquire and view child pornography. Howard stated he had a problem with looking at pornography involving young children. Howard was arrested and the cell phone was seized. A forensic analysis of the phone led to the discovery of more than 2000 suspected images and videos of child pornography and also revealed Howard had distributed child pornography to other individuals on multiple occasions.
Senior United States District Judge John D. Rainey, who accepted the plea today, has set sentencing for July 2, 2012, at which time Howard faces a minimum of five years up to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment. He has been in custody since his arrest on Sept. 14, 2011, where he will remain pending the sentencing hearing.
The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Cuero Police Department.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."