Retired Federal Park Ranger Gets 15 Years for Child Pornography Distribution
|May 7, 2012|
HOUSTON - Douglas Crockwell Demmon, 65, a retired federal park ranger living in Galveston, Texas, has been sentenced to 180 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Demmon pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography on Feb. 6, 2012.
Today, U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Hoyt handed Demmon the 15-year-term of imprisonment and further ordered he serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
This case was initiated based on a cybertip from the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children originally investigated by the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit in September 2010. The cybertip indicated that a video containing child pornography was uploaded from an Internet protocol address assigned to the account of Demmon. In March 2011, Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) task force officers were able to view child pornography on two computers in Demmon’s home. After a search warrant was obtained for the computers, forensic analysis revealed an e-mail sent by Demmon to an unknown individual which contained three images of child pornography. These images all involved pre-pubescent females from approximately 5 to 10 years of age. In one image, there were two pre-pubescent females and one pre-pubescent male engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Previously released on bond, Demmon was remanded to custody following the hearing today pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Sherri L. Zack. AUSA Robert Stabe represented the United States at the sentencing hearing today.
This case 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."