CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced Jose Antonio Hendricks, 60, of Charlotte, to 198 months in prison on child pornography charges, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, Judge Conrad ordered Hendricks to serve 20 years under court supervision, and to register as sex offender upon his release from custody. A federal jury convicted Hendricks on February 21, 2018, of possession, receipt and transportation of child pornography. He has been in custody since February 2018.
John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.
According filed court documents, trial evidence and witness testimony, on October 14, 2014, law enforcement determined that Hendricks was using a peer-to-peer network to distribute and to view child pornography online. Trial evidence established that between October 2014 and February 2015, law enforcement connected to Hendricks’ IP address approximately 70 times. During a vast majority of these sessions, law enforcement were able to confirm that Hendricks was sharing either child pornography or child erotica. According to evidence presented at trial, on March 12, 2015, a search of Hendricks’ home resulted in the seizure of a tablet and the tablet’s SD card. A forensic examination of the items revealed that they contained numerous images of child pornography. There was also evidence that Hendricks was accessing numerous child pornography websites that include sadistic or masochistic images of children being sexually abused.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray commended the work of the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Squad, which investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cortney Randall and William Stetzer, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.