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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Convicted Sex Offender Faces Up To 60 Years In Federal Prison For Producing Child Pornography

DALLAS — A 42-year-old Irving, Texas, man appeared this morning in federal court, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging one count of production of child pornography and one count of enhanced penalties for registered sex offenders, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Shannon Buck, who remains in federal custody, faces a maximum statutory penalty, for the two counts of conviction, of at least 35 years and up to 60 years of imprisonment. Each count also carries a maximum statutory penalty of a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for May 13, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle.

According to documents filed in the case, in June 2014, Buck used Jane Doe, a real female under the age of 18, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, and then used his camera to record that conduct. In addition, Buck admitted that in February 2010, he pleaded guilty in the 195th District Court of Dallas County to two felony offenses of possession of child pornography, and he was sentenced to an eight-year period of deferred adjudication.

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 http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”

The Irving Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated June 22, 2015