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October 7, 2021Tucson, AZ, United StatesChild Exploitation

Arizona man sentenced to 10 years for child pornography charges

TUCSON, Ariz. – A southern Arizona man will spend the next 10 years behind bars for child pornography offenses committed over two years ago, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Robert Henderson, Jr., 59, of Tucson, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 10 years in prison. Henderson pleaded guilty March 5, 2020, to distribution of child pornography.

“Because of exceptional efforts by our HSI agents, this defendant has been sent to federal prison to serve a lengthy sentence, where he will be unable to participate in this abhorrent behavior,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “We will continue to work tirelessly to identify and remove these offenders from our communities and ensure they pay for their unconceivable actions.”

According to court records, Henderson was charged with child pornography offenses on June 26, 2019, after a law enforcement investigation identified him as using a file-sharing network to obtain child sex abuse material in 2018. Henderson further admitted to viewing well over 600 files depicting child pornography. Upon release from prison, Henderson will be placed on lifetime supervised release with stringent conditions of supervision. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and to complete a sex offender treatment program.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Carin C. Duryee, of the District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

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 the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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 projectsafechildhood.gov.

HSI also encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE, or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial (802) 872-6199. Hearing impaired users may call TTY (802) 872-6196.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), ICAC partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. Further, HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse and help make the internet a safer place for children.

Updated: 10/13/2021