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Billy Tyler, 47, of Bay Minette, AL, was sentenced to one hundred and fifty-one months in prison for distribution of child pornography. Tyler entered a guilty plea to those offenses on December 17, 2021.
According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, in January 2021, an undercover FBI agent was in a group on Kik, a mobile app, with a person using the username “Mission0101.” Mission0101 was the administrator of the group. Mission0101 was observed by the FBI agent to have distributed five separate child pornography videos of prepubescent females engaged in sexual activity. Billy Tyler was identified as user Mission0101.
United States District Judge Terry F. Moorer imposed a 151-month sentence of incarceration. The judge also ordered Tyler to serve a twenty-five year term of supervised release upon his discharge from prison. Judge Moorer ordered that Tyler pay $15,000.00 in restitution to his victims and $100 in special assessments. Tyler will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison, and is to have no contact with minors.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Kacey Chappelear prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc/publications-resources.