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Fort Worth man sentenced to 20 years following child pornography conviction

U.S. district court judge hands down maximum sentence

FORT WORTH, Texas – A Texas man, who pleaded guilty in August to an indictment charging one count of receiving child pornography, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to the maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In addition, Christopher T. King, 34, of Fort Worth, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in mid-July 2011, was ordered to serve a lifetime of supervised release following his release from prison. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, King admitted that he used the Internet to search for child pornography. Images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct were discovered on his computer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was 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 or its online tip form. Both are 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.