Convicted Sex Offender Heads to Prison Again
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 31-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to prison for his admission of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Adam Thomas Simington pleaded guilty Nov 9., 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Simington to 120 months in prison. handing down the sentence, the court noted that “the children’s souls are destroyed because of you Mr. Simington. Simington was further ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and will serve the rest of his life 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 time of his plea, the court heard Simington was previously convicted in the state of Oklahoma for possessing child pornography and was required to register as a sex offender. Law enforcement learned he was in possession of child pornography and seized several digital devices from Simington’s residence which resulted in the discovery of more than 900 images of child pornography.
Previously released on bond, Simington was taken into custody following the sentencing today where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department - 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."