John Ryan Johnson – 15 year prison sentence for chil Porn

John Ryan Johnson, who was arrested in Rockport several months ago, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for receipt and distribution of child pornography, according to information released by United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle.

Johnson was also ordered to register as a sex offender and participate in sex offender counseling while in prison and upon his release.

Johnson pleaded guilty to receipt and distribution of child pornography between Nov. 3, 2006, and Feb. 9, 2007, in Rockport. The pornographic material included images of a female child less than 12 years of age. In addition, Johnson had more than 13,000 images of child pornography, with numerous images depicting sexual acts performed by adults on very young children.

In sentencing Johnson, the court expressed concern with both the number of images and the depravity of their content, noting law enforcement has an almost impossible task of finding and prosecuting the vast number of individuals involved in this activity. The court also recognized the need to send a message to others interested in child pornography and to protect the most vulnerable members of society, children, from them.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Corpus Christi Police Department with the assistance of the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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