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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2016

Registered Sex Offender Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

HOUSTON – A 45-year old Spring man has been ordered to federal prison for his conviction of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Gregg Carl Baird had been convicted of state charges in March 2010 of possession of child pornography and ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release in 2014. He pleaded guilty to the new federal charge on Jan. 8, 2016.

Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner handed Baird a sentence of 121 months in prison. He was further ordered to serve the remainder of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. Baird will also again be ordered to register as a sex offender.

Baird was identified as part of a nationwide investigation known as Operation Pacifier. The FBI obtained a search warrant based on information that led investigators to believe Baird was accessing files from a website known to contain child pornography. Forensic analysis on the items seized during the search resulted in the discovery of child pornography images/videos, to include more than 450 videos and 2300 images of child pornography. Several of the videos depicted the penetration of a minor under the age of five and bondage of a child.

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

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack, 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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 7, 2016