Former TDCJ Parole Officer Sentenced to 24 years for Producing Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A former parole officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Saralyn Ann Proschko, 48, of Victoria, pleaded guilty June 7, 2016.
Today, U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey ordered her to serve 288 months in prison. In handing down the sentence, Judge Rainey noted that the crime was terrible and shouldn’t have happened, further mentioning it was one of the most difficult cases to address as a judge, defense attorney and as a prosecutor. Proschko was further ordered to pay $2,537 in restitution to the victim and will serve five years of supervised release following completion of her prison term, during which times she will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict her access to children and the Internet. She will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
Her boyfriend - David Ray McGee, 49, of Wallis – was also convicted and later sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.
In July 2015, authorities with the Victoria Police Department (VPD) responded to the TDCJ - District Parole Office in Victoria in reference to allegations of possession of child pornography. Officers met with Proschko and discovered an electronic video on her cellular telephone of a juvenile female engaged in a sexual act. Further investigation led to the discovery and charging of McGee in relation to the allegations.
The court heard that McGee had met Proshko on a dating website. During their conversations, he had indicated he had a sexually fantasy. Soon after, Proschko began texting him photos of herself penetrating a young girl with various sexual objects. Eventually, that led to him sexually assaulting the young girl who had begged him to stop during the attack. In at least one instance, Procshko had actually held the toddler down while McGee assaulted her.
Proschko will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The charges are the result of the investigative efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Attorney General’s Office - Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), Houston-Metro ICAC Task Force and the Victoria Police Department.
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 visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."