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ANGELA DODGE

May 25, 2012

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Former Alarms Systems Salesman Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

Houston – Douglas Bruce Parsons, 64, has been handed a 90-month federal prison sentence for his conviction on one count of receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Parsons pleaded guilty Nov. 30, 2011.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who handed down the sentence today, also ordered Parsons serve a 10-year-term of supervised release and to pay $2000 in resitution to a known victim in a child pornogrphy series. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Corpus Christi, Texas, were using peer-to‐peer software and discovered an IP address registered to Douglas Bruce Parsons of the 8000 block of Silent Cedars Drive in Houston sharing images and videos of child pornography. HSI Cyber‐Crimes Division in Houston assumed the investigation and executed a search warrant at Parsons’ address. At that time, they discovered a large volume of child pornography during an onsite preview of the computers in his home. A subsequent forensic analysis of three computers and an external hard drive resulted in the discovery of approximately 17 digital images and 178 videos representing more than 58 hours of videos containing child pornography on the hard drives.

As part of the documents in support of his guilty plea, Parsons admitted to searching for and downloading child pornography using peer-to-peer programs to obtain images and videos of child pornography. He also admitted that his system allowed others to share his collection of the child pornography on his computer.

Parsons, previously released on bond, was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case, investigated by HSI as part of Operation Predator, 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."

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Megan Paulson and former Special Assistant United States Attorney Demetrius Bivins.