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

Friday, February 14, 2014

North Richland Hills Man Sentenced To 80 Months In Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

FORT WORTH, Texas — A 57-year-old man from North Richland Hills, Texas, Joseph F. Greth, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 80 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2013 to one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at Greth’s home.  Among the items seized were 45 compact disks (CD) containing child pornography.  Greth admitted that he used his computer to search for images and videos of child pornography, downloaded them and burned them onto CDs and DVDs.

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 investigation was conducted by the Garland Police Department and ICE HSI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015