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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

Sept. 5, 2012

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Local Man Sent to Prison for Possessing Child Porn

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Christopher Gaines, 32, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been handed a five-year prison sentence following his conviction for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Gaines pleaded guilty June 4, 2012.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Gaines a total of 60 months in federal prison. He was further ordered to serve 10 on supervised release following completion of that term, during which he will be required to comply with numerous conditions restricting his access to children and the internet. Gaines will also be required to participate in sex offender counseling and will be ordered to register as a sex offender. 

Gaines came to the attention of law enforcement when an undercover police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (CCPD-ICAC) downloaded several items of child pornography from a computer that was linked to Gaines. ICAC contacted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and enlisted their assistance in a joint investigation of the unlawful activity.

On Feb. 23, 2012, a search warrant was executed on Gaines’ Corpus Christi home, at which time a computer was seized and determined to contain items of child pornography. Gaines admitted to having used the Internet to search for and acquire child pornography.

Gaines was arrested Feb. 24, 2012, and has been in custody since that time where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.  

This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke and investigated by CCPD-ICAC and HSI, 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."