Corpus Christi Man Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 40-year-old Corpus Christi man has admitted he possessed child pornography, announced U.S. Ryan K. Patrick.
In March 2017, Queensland Police Services in Australia identified a computer discussing child pornography on an Internet website. That computer was later linked to Timothy Traut who was using a profile name of “Horndog.” Traut had posted pictures to that website and made comments about the desire to have sexual intercourse with a child pictured in some of those images.
Agents later executed a search warrant at his residence, at which time they seized various electronic devices. Forensic analysis on those devices revealed more than 850 images and approximately 104 videos child pornography. Many of those videos included images of sexually explicit conduct involving prepubescent girls.
Today, Traut admitted he reviewed and collected child pornography.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos accepted the guilty plea today and set sentencing for May 2, 2018. At that time, Traut faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Traut also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which time the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.
Traut 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."