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Suburban Houstonian sentenced for having over 35,000 child pornography files

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

GALVESTON, Texas – A 33-year-old Alvin resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Michael Crisp Jr. pleaded guilty March 31, 2022. 

Today, Judge Jeffrey V. Brown ordered Crisp to serve 210 months for distributing and receiving child pornography and 120 months for possessing it. They will run concurrently for a total 210-month-term of imprisonment. Before imposing the sentence, Judge Brown emphasized that child pornography is not a victimless crime and that he received more victim impact statements in this case than in any previous case before him.

Crips was further ordered to pay a total of $136,500 in restitution to 42 identified victims and must 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. Crisp will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

“Crisp hoarded and traded files of child rape, suffering and trauma as if they were some kind of collectors’ item - to the order of tens of thousands,” said Hamdani. “Today’s sentence underscores that consumers of child pornography can and will be held to account for how they fuel demand for more and more images of children suffering unspeakable sexual abuse.”

“Cases that involve the sexual exploitation of children are some of the toughest cases our agents work,” said Special Agent in Charge James Smith of the FBI Houston Field Office. “Crisp took pleasure from thousands of images and videos depicting the sadistic sexual exploitation, torture and abuse of children, including infants and toddlers. By choosing to receive and disseminate such graphic imagery, Crisp repeatedly re-victimized the victims. While today’s sentence removes one sexual predator from children’s lives, the FBI’s work continues as there are many more like Crisp still out there.”

Crisp first came to the attention of law enforcement after he imported a nine-minute video into his cloud storage account of an adult woman sexually abusing a toddler. During the investigation, authorities found over 29,000 images and 6,500 videos of child pornography on multiple devices. The images depicted young children in bondage and included children under the age of five. In addition to possessing child pornography, Crisp utilized messaging applications to trade child sexual abuse material with others.

Previously released on bond, Crisp was taken into custody following the sentencing today where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Pearland Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Bauman is prosecuting 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 PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.

Updated May 31, 2023

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