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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 23, 2015

Dallas Man Sentenced To 63 Months In Federal Prison On Obscenity Conviction

DALLAS — A Dallas man who admitted committing a federal obscenity offense was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Jason Paul Roberts, 38, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in October 2013 to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. Roberts will be required to register as a sex offender. He has been in custody since his arrest in September 2012 on a related federal indictment.

According to documents filed in the case, on September 29, 2012, Roberts emailed a sexually explicit photo depicting a partially nude male to a minor girl whom he knew was under the age of 16.

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.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Garland Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.

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Updated June 22, 2015