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Huffman resident sent to prison for images of children being sexually assaulted

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 65-year-old man has been sentenced for receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Steve Howie Nelson pleaded guilty Sept. 29, 2023.

U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison has now ordered Nelson to serve 180 months in federal prison. He will also serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Nelson will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

The investigation revealed Nelson had been viewing child pornography in a peer-to-peer platform. On Feb. 22, 2019, authorities executed a search warrant at his Huffman residence, at which time they found more than 25 images of child pornography on his laptop. These images depicted adult males sexually assaulting minor females from 10 to 14 years of age.

Nelson will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

FBI conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Leo and Jay Hileman prosecuted the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.

Updated February 15, 2024

Project Safe Childhood