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Amarillo Man Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison For Possessing Prepubescent Child Pornography

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

AMARILLO, Texas — James Kenny Crawley, 60, of Amarillo, Texas, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 97 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in February 2017 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Crawley was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prison on July 18, 2017.

According to documents filed in the case, Crawley used a laptop computer at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos of child pornography. In the course of searching for this material, Crawley located, downloaded and viewed approximately 5,000 images and over 100 videos constituting child pornography, and some of those images involved prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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.”

The Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto prosecuted.

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Lisa Slimak

Updated June 5, 2017

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