Corpus Christi Man Heads To Prison For Possessing More Than 5 Million Pornographic Images
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Terry Lee Clark, 48, of Corpus Christi, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.Clark pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2015.
Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Clark a sentence of 97 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by a life term of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
In July 2014, authorities received an anonymous tip and contacted Clark. He gave them permission to search his residence and they found a computer in his bedroom with child pornography on the screen. The computer and several media storage devices were seized and ultimately revealed several images and videos containing child pornography.
Clark acknowledged downloading images of child pornography onto his computer from several different websites and to having a sexual interest in children.
As part of his plea, Clark admitted to possessing more than five million pornographic images. Of those, approximately 47,000 contained child pornography involving pre-pubescent females, some under the age of 12, engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adult males. He also admitted to possessing more than 17,000 pornographic videos, of which nearly 400 contained child pornography which also involved pre-pubescent females engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adult males.
Clark will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The charges against Clark were the result of an investigation conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department-Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez, 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 visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."