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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Former Denton High School Teacher Sentenced To Serve A Total Of 60 Years In Federal Prison For Producing Child Pornography

FORT WORTH, Texas — A former teacher at Denton High School, Gregory Bogomol, 39, was sentenced today on child pornography production convictions, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Bogomol, who pleaded guilty in October 2014 to an indictment charging two counts of production of child pornography, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 360 months in federal prison for each count, to run consecutively, for a total of 720 months in federal prison.

According to documents filed in the case, 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.

Specifically, according to the factual resume, Bogomol used social media applications such as KIK, Grindr, and Pinger to initiate conversations with underage males. Bogomol posed as a minor female and sent nude images of females to entice the boys to produce sexually explicit pictures.

After Bogomol received an image from the minor male, Bogomol would make additional explicit demands. If the minor male did not comply with his demands, Bogomol would threaten to send sexually explicit pictures of the boy to the boy’s friends via social media applications.

On approximately April 20, 2014, Bogomol coerced one minor victim to send a sexually explicit image of himself. A few days later, Bogomol coerced another minor victim to send a sexually explicit image of himself.

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.”

ICE HSI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Saleem prosecuted.

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Updated June 22, 2015