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Abilene Man Sentenced to 108 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Prepubescent Child Pornography

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

ABILENE, Texas — David Scott Fikani, 62, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 108 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in July 2015 to an indictment charging one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Fikani has been in federal custody since September 2015 when U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost determined he violated certain terms of his pretrial release and ordered him detained.

According to plea documents filed in the case, Fikani used the computer at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  In the course of these searches, Fikani located, downloaded, and viewed numerous images and videos constituting child pornography.  Some of those images involved prepubescent minors.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Abilene Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy was in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated December 9, 2015

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