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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Corpus Christi Man Heads to the Pen for Possessing of Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 41-year-old Corpus Christi man has been sent to federal prison following his conviction of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Ryan K. Patrick. Timothy Traut pleaded guilty Feb, 1, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos sentenced Traut to 120 months in prison. At the hearing, the court heard that Traut possessed images of children he knew and that he superimposed the children’s faces to images of child pornography. The court also read two letters from the parents of those children explaining how the crime impacted their lives.

Traut was further ordered to serve 15 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.

In March 2017, Queensland Police Services in Australia identified a computer discussing child pornography on an internet website. That computer was later linked to 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.

Traut has been and will remain in custody 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’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 3, 2018