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Waco Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Sexually Exploiting a Minor

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

AUSTIN – A Waco man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for the sexual exploitation of  children.

According to court documents, Arthur Ray Dickey Jr., 32, produced a video while engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor.  In addition to the 15 years in federal prison, the defendant was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release after his term of incarceration.

In January 2020, the defendant also was sentenced by the State of Texas to eight years in state prison for aggravated robbery and compelling prostitution.  The state and federal sentences will run consecutive.

“Sexual predators seeking to exploit vulnerable children in violation of federal law will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.

On June 28, 2021, Dickey pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children. 

The Austin Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant Sparks 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 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


Updated December 3, 2021

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