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Midland man sentenced to federal prison for possessing child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2014

Midland resident Corey Dean Farmer, age 37, will serve 151 months in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possession of child pornography announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis A. Ulrich, El Paso.

During yesterday’s sentencing hearing in Midland, U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell also ordered that Farmer pay $157,143.23 restitution to his victims.

On November 1, 2013, Farmer pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography charge.  By pleading guilty, Farmer admitted using multiple peer-to-programs to search for and acquire images of child pornography beginning in approximately March 2012.  Following the execution of a search warrant on May 9, 2013, at the defendant’s residence, HSI agents forensically discovered approximately 1,300 images depicting child pornography on Farmer’s computer. Farmer also acknowledged that because he did not turn off the “sharing” feature of his peer to peer software, other persons around the world were able to acquire CP images from his computer. 

“This is an appropriate sentence for an individual who criminally engaged in the sexual exploitation of children by freely trading their images with predators worldwide,” said Dennis A. Ulrich, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “HSI ranks this type of crime high in its mission priorities, and our agency will continue to dedicate resources to identify and bring to justice other child predators who victimize children in this manner."

Assistant United States Attorney Austin Berry prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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