Beaumont Man Guilty of Child Pornography Violations
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 45-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been found guilty of child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Willie Lampley was found guilty of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography today by a jury following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.
According to information presented in court, beginning in July 2017, Lampley began searching for and downloading child pornography using Peer-to-Peer file sharing networks. Lampley stored more than 300 videos and 100 images of children being sexually abused on the hard-drive of his computer. Some of the material depicted children as young as infants and toddlers.
Under federal statutes, Lampley faces a minimum of five years up to 30 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the 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 www.justice.gov/psc.
This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Russell E. James and Christopher T. Tortorice.