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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Another Corpus Christi Man Sent to Prison on Child Pornography Charge

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 26-year-old Corpus Christi man has been sent to after authorities discovered he possessed more than 22,000 child pornography images, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Nicolas Hamm pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Feb. 13, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Hamm to 108 months in prison. He was further ordered to serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.  At the hearing, the court heard evidence that Hamm admitted to sexually assaulting a four-year-old family member when he was a juvenile.

In January 2017, authorities in Oklahoma were investigating an individual for sex trafficking charges. A search of that person’s cellular telephone revealed communications via a messenger application with another person with a user name of “jax1821.” The communications involved the sexual exploitation of children and user name of “jax1821” was later linked to Hamm

In December 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Hamm’s residence and seized several digital devices which led to the discovery of more than 22,000 images and 3,600 videos of child pornography. Many of the videos  portrayed prepubescent females involved in sexually explicit conduct with adult males.

Hamm has been and will remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing.  

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the case, which 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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Updated May 16, 2018