Houstonian Sent To Prison For Receiving Child Pornography
HOUSTON – Houston resident Sean Louis Walsh, 30, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. He pleaded guilty Feb. 21, 2013.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Walsh a term of 78 months in federal prison. Walsh was further ordered to serve 25 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time, among other conditions, he will not have access to a computer or the Internet. Walsh will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
Walsh had been identified in an earlier investigation involving a company that operated a “nudist” website. On Sept. 16, 2011, inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) sent a mailing to Walsh at his home address in Houston. The mailing contained an undercover name and address and invited individuals to become a customer of the undercover company which was supposed to be a leader in taboo and forbidden videos. There was an invitation to request a free catalog specific to the customer’s desires and the flyer also had a checklist for the customer to note such desires.
In November 2011, inspectors received an order from Walsh for two DVDs in the mail, one of which was clearly described as containing child pornography, and a check for $50 in his name. The video depicted two prepubescent boys, approximately 9-10 years old and a pubescent female, approximately 11-12 years old engaging in oral sex and masturbation.
On Dec. 6, 2011, a search warrant was executed at the home of Sean Walsh, at which time agents seized several media devices. A forensic exam was conducted on three computers found in Walsh’s bedroom which yielded approximately 4,630 images and 322 videos of child pornography. Walsh was shown copies of the emails and correspondence and he acknowledged that he had sent or received the items.
Walsh was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Stabe and investigated by USPIS, 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."