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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Three-Time Convicted Sex Offender Convicted Of Possession Of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that today Norman Paul Felts, a United States citizen who had been living in Mexico, was convicted after a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo of possession of child pornography with a prior sex offense. Felts has been in custody since his arrest by Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations in June 2013.

According to the evidence presented to the Court, between January 2010 and May 28, 2013, Felts possessed a loose hard drive that contained several images of child pornography. On May 28, 2013, Felts entered the United States and was found in possession of a loose hard drive which was later found to have contained several images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct concealed in a folder called “One Million Recipes.”

Felts’ arrest was a result of an investigation stemming from a Cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC referred the tip to the HSI Representative for the Office of the Assistant Attaché in Tijuana, Mexico for further investigation. Authorities located a male minor who worked on Felt’s boat in Mexioc, and Felt stipulated at trial that he took sexually-explicit pictures of the boy, knowing the boy was underage. When Felts was contacted at the Tecate Port of Entry on May 28, 2013, Special Agents from the Cyber Crimes and Computer Forensics Group assigned to the Office of the Special Agent in Charge in San Diego, California became involved with the investigation. Felts has three prior sex offense convictions as far back as 1972, when he was convicted of oral copulation. Felts was also convicted for child molestation in Georgia in 1977. Felts’ most recent sex offense conviction was in 1999 for procurement of a minor under 16 for a lewd act.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office commends the CBP officers and HSI Special Agents who work diligently to prevent purveyors of child pornography from continuing to exploit these children both here in the United States and abroad,” said United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy.

Felts faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 27, 2015.


DEFENDANTS   Case Number: 13CR2296-CAB
Norman Paul Felts Age: 70 Ensenada, Mexico
CHARGES

Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4) and (b) – Possession of Matters Containing Images of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

 
INVESTIGATING AGENCIES

Homeland Security Investigations

*An indictment or complaint itself is not evidence that the defendants committed the crimes charged. The defendants are presumed innocent until the Government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.      

Updated July 23, 2015