League City Registered Sex Offender Convicted of Multiple Counts Involving Child Pornography
|March 5, 2014|
GALVESTON, Texas – Donald Post, of League City, 68, has entered a guilty plea to production and distribution of child pornography involving a four-year-old minor female as well as possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
Post was arrested Aug. 8, 2013, based on a criminal complaint and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner in Galveston on Aug. 13 for a detention hearing. At that time, the court found there to be probable cause he committed the crimes and that Post, a registered sex offender, was a danger to the community and a flight risk. He was subsequently ordered into custody pending further criminal proceedings.
Post has admitted to photographing a four-year-old female victim in lewd and lascivious poses and then distributing these images via the Internet. He also authored a document that chronicled his activities with this victim. The account of the incident is incredibly graphic and makes references to his prior acts of molestation for which he was convicted and subsequently ordered to register as a sex offender.
U.S. District Court Judge Gregg Costa , who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for May 21, 2014. At that time, Post faces a minimum of 25 years and a possible 20, 40 and 50 years, respectively, for the possession, distribution and production of child pornography convictions. The charges also carry as possible punishment a maximum fine of $250,000. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, he further faces a maximum of life on supervised release and he will again be required to register as a sex offender.
This case, investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack, 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."