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Northern District of Texas

Friday, December 15, 2017

Richardson Man Sentenced to 300 Months in Federal Prison for Attempting to Produce Child Pornography

DALLAS — Donald Golden, 62, of Richardson, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 300 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in July 2017 to one count of attempted production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Golden has been in custody since the time of his arrest in March 2017.

According to the plea agreement factual resume filed in the case, on January 5, 2017, Golden sent a series of text messages and emails to John Doe #1, a minor boy under 15 years of age, requesting that he produce sexual explicit images of himself and send the images to Golden via text messaging. The messages included the following: “So, are you going to send me some pics … I need to see what you look like naked … I want to see what you look like from the neck down, no face, naked pics, just body …”


The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 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 leverages federal, state and local resources to better investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children. Project Safe Childhood also prioritizes identifying and rescuing victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Read was in charge of the prosecution.

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Project Safe Childhood
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600
Updated December 15, 2017