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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Federal Child Pornography Offenses

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Worth, Texas, man was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 30 years in federal prison and 8 years of supervised release for child pornography offenses, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Ronald Sweatt, 48, pleaded guilty, in May 2016 to one count of production of child pornography. 

According to the indictment, in June 2015 Sweatt persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct outside of the United States for the purpose of producing a video.

Officers with the Fort Worth Police Department executed a search warrant at Sweatt’s home on December 2, 2015 and seized numerous computer media items, including a laptop computer and external hard drive. A forensic examination revealed the video previously described. Sweatt agreed to be interviewed and admitting to living in Mexico for the last 15 years and that he moved back in June 2015. Sweatt also admitted to knowing the video that he produced and transported into the United States depicted a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  

The matter 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 Fort Worth Police Department investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Saleem prosecuted.

 

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Updated October 7, 2016