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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 20, 2016

Dallas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Child Porn Conviction

DALLAS — Richard Grayson, 46, of Dallas, was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 240 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in February 2016 to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, between approximately November 30 and December 8, 2014, Grayson used the Internet and file-sharing software to share and transmit image and video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Grayson was present when a federal search warrant was executed at his residence on February 26, 2015.  A forensic analysis of electronic media seized from the residence revealed more than 42 videos and 7800 images of child pornography on Grayson’s computer and other media.  Some of those images and videos he collected depicted sadistic and/or violent content, and some of the files depicted infants and toddlers

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative.  PSC is a department initiative launched in May 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, PSC marshals federal, state, tribal and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  Since FY 2011, the Department of Justice has filed 20,260 PSC cases against 19,111 defendants.  These cases include prosecutions of child sex trafficking; sexual abuse of a minor or ward; child pornography offenses; obscene visual representation of the sexual abuse of children; selling or buying of children; and many more statutes.  To learn more about PSC’s work, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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

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Updated June 20, 2016