Wingate, Texas, Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Conviction
LUBBOCK, Texas — Larry Richie Fields, 45, of Wingate, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 20 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in February 2015 to one count of transportation of child pornography. Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement today.
According to documents filed in the case, on October 25, 2014, Fields, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in January, used the Internet to transport two images of child pornography using an online social networking service. Over a period of years, beginning no later than 2012, Fields used various social networking services and online storage services to post and store images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Fields used multiple usernames to trade, collect, transport, and receive child pornography.
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 case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force; the Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Investigations Division; the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office; and the San Angelo Police Department, Special Operations Division.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, prosecuted.