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Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 17, 2017

Lubbock Man Sentenced For Production of Child Pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — Tarvinn Djuan Williams, 29, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2017 to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Williams has been in custody since his arrest in June 2017.

According to plea documents filed in the case, on March 26, 2017, Williams made contact through Facebook messaging with a 16-year-old minor female, Jane Doe l, for the purpose of convincing her to engage in sexually explicit conduct with him. Williams concealed his true identity by representing himself to be “Samantha Pena,” a female alias that he created for the purpose of recruiting females to engage in sex acts with Williams.

Williams, representing himself to be “Samantha Pena,” convinced Jane Doe l to meet him to engage in sexual intercourse with him and represented that “Samantha Pena” would pay Jane Doe 1 to engage in the sex acts with Williams. Jane Doe 1 met with Williams at least three times and engaged in sexual intercourse with him.

 

In the course of the communications between Williams, using the identity of “Samantha Pena,” and Jane Doe 1, Williams asked Jane Doe l to take sexually explicit pictures and send them to Pena. “Samantha Pena” told Jane Doe 1 that she wouldn’t be required to have sex with Williams if she would send the sexually explicit material. Jane Doe 1 complied with the requests and took and sent pictures and one video. “Samantha Pena” made repeated promises to Jane Doe l that she would be paid, but “Samantha Pena” never paid Jane Doe 1.

 

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.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lubbock Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600 Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov
Updated November 17, 2017