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Eastern District of Texas

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Little Elm, Texas Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Produce and Distribution of Child Pornography

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 PLANO, Texas – A 38-year-old 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.

Charles Smolens, of Little Elm. Texas, pleaded guilty on April 29, 2014 to conspiracy to produce child pornography and distribution of child pornography, and was sentenced to 365 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, in December of 2012, Judith Williams was babysitting an 8 month old baby girl when she videotaped herself performing a sex act on the infant. Williams then emailed the video to her boyfriend, Charles Smolens.  During the investigation, FBI Agents discovered that Smolens had written a 22-page story about adults having sex with and raping children.  Smolens also provided Williams with a thumb drive that contained hundreds of images of child pornography, including an image of an adult male attempting to perform a sex act on an infant as well as images of his live-in girlfriend’s six-year old daughter.

Judith Williams is scheduled for sentencing on February 25, 2015.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the McKinney Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracey M. Batson and Amanda Griffith prosecuted the case.

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.

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