Cuero Man Handed Sentence for Distribution of Child Pornography
|Sept. 5, 2012|
VICTORIA, Texas – Archie Terry Howard, 34, of Cuero, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction of distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Howard pleaded guilty April 2, 2012.
Today, U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey ordered Howard to serve 108 months in federal prison without parole. In handing down the sentence, Judge Rainey took into consideration the large collection of child pornography images, stating that collectors such as Howard create the market that leads to childrens’ abuse. Howard will also serve five years of supervised release following completion of that prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous conditions limiting his access to children and requiring him to participate in sex offender treatment. Howard will also be ordered to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, per Judge Rainey’s sentence.
During his guilty plea, 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.
He has been in custody since his arrest on Sept. 14, 2011, where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The case was investigated by 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."