Corpus Christi Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 69-year-old Corpus Christi man has admitted he possessed child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
The investigation into Henry Franklin Reddick began after authorities received a CyberTipline report from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The CyberTipline provides the public and electronic service providers with the ability to report online instances of child pornography. The CyberTipline report indicated that an individual using the email address of email@example.com had uploaded 79 images of suspected child pornography onto a cloud storage service.
Law enforcement was able to determine Reddick was associated with that email address and, in April 2015, agents executed a search warrant at his residence. At that time, agents seized various electronic devices during the search and a forensic analysis on those devices revealed more than 450 images and 13 videos of child pornography.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 8, 2017, before U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos. At that time, Reddick faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Reddick 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.
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.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez and Elsa Salinas, 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."