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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jefferson County Man Sentenced for Child Pornography Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 34-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Damien Oasis Winn pleaded guilty on Dec. 4, 2014, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 86 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, in December 2013, law enforcement officers conducting Internet undercover operations were made aware of a computer offering files containing child pornography for distribution.  Further investigation revealed the computer belonged to Winn.  On June 19, 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at Winn’s residence and numerous computers and digital storage devices were seized.  A forensic analysis of Winn’s computer revealed over 600 images, including 31 videos, of child pornography.  Winn was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 3, 2014. 

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

            This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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Updated April 10, 2015