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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 14, 2020

San Antonio Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 50–year-old Gregory Parris to 30 years in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.   

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ordered that Parris pay $20,000 in restitution to four victims whose images he distributed and be placed on supervised release for a period of 15 years after completing his prison term.

“Today’s 30-year sentence represents some measure of justice for the child victims of the defendant.  I have no higher priority than protecting children from sexual exploitation,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.

On July 31, 2019, Parris pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  According to court records, on May 8, 2019, FBI agents executed an arrest warrant for Parris at his residence.  At that time, agents seized the defendant’s cell phone and personal computer.  A subsequent forensics review of the seized computer revealed the presence of numerous images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children as well as a social media link to a cloud service which Parris shared with others that contained numerous files associated with child pornography. 

Parris has remained in federal custody since his arrest.

The FBI’s San Antonio Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

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.

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Updated May 14, 2020