Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Denton High School Teacher For Producing Child Pornography
FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal grand jury in Fort Worth, Texas, returned an indictment late today charging a former teacher with two counts of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Gregory Bogomol, 38, of Fort Worth, was arrested in May 2014 on a related federal criminal complaint and has been in custody since that time. He was employed by the Denton Independent School District as a teacher at Denton High School. He resigned from that position the week prior to his arrest.
According to the criminal complaint filed, the investigation began when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was contacted by the parents of a 15-year-old male victim regarding an individual who solicited a nude photograph of the minor through a smartphone application.
Count one of the indictment alleges that on or about April 23, 2014, Bogomol used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of that conduct. Count two of the indictment alleges the same occurred on April 20, 2014, with another minor.
A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the statutory penalty for each count of production is not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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.”
Anyone who may have been victimized in this case is asked to contact HSI at its toll-free number: 1-866-347-2423.
Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.