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Jan. 12, 2012

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Former Mail Carrier Gets 97-Month Sentence for Receipt of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - James Walter Porter Jr., 58, has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for his conviction on one count of receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake sentenced Porter this afternoon and also ordered him to serve a lifetime term of supervised release and to pay $3,000 restitution to a victim in an Internet child pornography series.

The investigation began on July 24, 2010, when Pasadena Police Department (PPD) officers were called to a home in Pasadena by the homeowners. The house had been leased to Porter and he had moved out without notifying them. As they proceeded to clean the house, they found several CDs. They viewed one 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.

Now living at a home in Highlands, Texas, he was arrested at the post office where he worked on Dec. 1, 2010, at which time he had an MP3 player that contained child pornography. Officers seized from the Highlands residence an HP all-in-one computer, 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.
Porter pleaded guilty on Oct. 13, 2011.

The charges against Porter were the result of an investigation conducted by the PPD, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and officers with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Porter has been in custody since his arrest in July 2011, where he will remain pending transfer to  U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. 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