Houstonian Convicted of Receiving Child Pornography
|Feb. 21, 2013|
HOUSTON – Sean Louis Walsh, 30, a Houston resident, has entered a guilty plea to receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Walsh had been identified in an earlier investigation involving a company that operated a “nudist” website. On Sept. 16, 2011, inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) sent a mailing to Walsh at his home address in Houston. The mailing contained an undercover name and address and invited individuals to become a customer of the undercover company which was supposed to be a leader in taboo and forbidden videos. There was an invitation to request a free catalog specific to the customer’s desires and the flyer also had a checklist for the customer to note such desires.
In November 2011, inspectors received an order from Walsh for two DVDs in the mail, one of which was clearly described as containing child pornography, and a check for $50 in his name. The video depicted two prepubescent boys, approximately 9-10 years old and a pubescent female, approximately 11-12 years old engaging in oral sex and masturbation.
On Dec. 6, 2011, a search warrant was executed at the home of Sean Walsh, at which time agents seized several media devices. A forensic exam was conducted on three computers found in Walsh’s bedroom which yielded approximately 4,630 images and 322 videos of child pornography. Walsh was shown copies of the emails and correspondence and he acknowledged that he had sent or received the items.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for May 9, 2013. At that time, he faces at least five and up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Walsh also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Stabe and investigated by USPIS, 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."