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Anderson County Man Sentenced For Sexual Exploitation Of Children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

 TYLER, Texas — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that an Anderson County man has been sentenced for the sexual exploitation of children in the Eastern District of Texas.

Robbie Newby, 46, of Grapeland, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 17, 2013, and pleaded guilty on January 9, 2014, to sexual exploitation of children.  Newby was sentenced on April 23, 2014, to 30 years in federal prison by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

According to the information provided in court, on or about March 14, 2012, Newby knowingly used and coerced a minor under the age of sixteen to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.

This case is being investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations (DHS-HSI) and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office (ACSO).  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathaniel Kummerfeld.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated March 12, 2015