Converse Man Indicted for Production of Child Pornography
Today, a federal judge unsealed an indictment charging 20-year-old Tanner Bryce Real of Converse with producing, receiving and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
Real is charged with 10 counts of production of child pornography, 10 counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges that between March 2019 and April 2020, the defendant coerced at least 10 minor victims into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct. The indictment further alleges that the defendant received child pornography electronically.
Real remains in federal custody. Each count of production of child pornography calls for between 15 and 30 years in federal prison upon conviction. Each count of receipt of child pornography calls for between five and 20 years in federal prison upon conviction. Possession of child pornography calls for up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction.
The Boerne Police Department initiated this case and is working in conjunction with the FBI's San Antonio Crimes Against Children Task Force on this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the 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, 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.