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Denton County Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Violations

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

PLANO, Texas – A Lewisville man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Aliyah George Simpson, 26, pleaded guilty on June 2, 2021, to five counts of production of child pornography and one count of transportation of child pornography and was sentenced to 540 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.

According to information presented in court, in the fall of 2020, members of HSI and the Flower Mound Police Department were investigating an individual using an online cloud storage service to transport files of child pornography.  As part of that investigation, investigators served a search warrant at Simpson's residence, during which they seized several items of digital equipment.  Through a forensic investigation, agents located a number of images and videos of a child identified as Victim 1, a minor who had not attained the age of 10-years old.  Agents also located messages with other minors in a social media application, in which Simpson induced the teens to engage in sexually explicit conduct, film that conduct, and then send the recordings to him. 

As part of his plea agreement, Simpson admitted to abusing Victim 1 on multiple occasions.  Specifically, while Victim 1 was sleeping or unconscious, Simpson sexually abused the child and recorded the abuse on cellular telephones that he owned. Simpson has also admitted to persuading, inducing, and enticing two other minors, known as Victim 2 and Victim 3, to film themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct and to send him the recordings.  Simpson was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 15, 2020.

“This office, joined by our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, will always work tirelessly and spare no expense to detect, arrest and prosecute anyone who chooses to harm a child,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.  “In fact, to those who commit these evil acts, you are our priority.  We appreciate those dedicated men and women of law enforcement who make it their mission to protect the children of our communities.”

“HSI works relentlessly with our law enforcement partners at all levels to ensure child predators face justice for their unspeakable crimes,” said Christopher Miller, acting Special Agent in Charge HSI Dallas. “This lengthy sentence reaffirms our commitment to protecting the innocence of our most vulnerable from sexual abuse and exploitation.”

This case is 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 Homeland Security Investigations and the Flower Mound Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Miller.

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Updated March 10, 2022

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