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63-year-old Fort Worth man sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography

FORT WORTH, Texas - A 63-year-old local man, who admitted possessing child pornography, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 30 months in prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release.

Kenneth S. King, 63, of Fort Worth, Texas, who was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by the end of next month, must also register as a sex offender and pay a $5000 fine.

According to documents filed in the case, on July 8, 2009, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) visited the King residence concerning a lead they had received that a target at that residence had purchased child pornography via the Internet. Agents examined King's computer and discovered child pornography on it. King admitted that between June 1, 2009 and July 15, 2009 he possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis prosecuted.

This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.