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Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 60 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography

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

DALLAS — A 43-year-old Irving, Texas, man, Shannon Buck, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 60 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2015 to an indictment charging one count of production of child pornography and one count of enhanced penalties for registered sex offenders, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case and information presented in court, the investigation began when a 13-year-old girl, Jane Doe, came forward and said she had been molested.  Buck admitted that he used Jane Doe 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.  Buck was on probation at the time of this offense.  Four victims were identified; two were videotaped by Buck.

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 the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.

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Updated March 17, 2016

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Project Safe Childhood