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Fort Worth man sentenced to 41 months for possessing child pornography

FORT WORTH, Texas - A local man was sentenced on Tuesday to 41 months in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, following his guilty plea in December 2009 to one count of possessing child pornography. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Ronald Scott Young, of Fort Worth, was sentenced on April 13 by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means. Young, 42, was arrested in mid-September at his home on a federal child pornography charge outlined in a criminal complaint, and was later released on bond. Judge Means ordered Young to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on May 10.

On Sept. 15, 2009, ICE agents visited the Young residence, based on a lead from ICE offices in Sacramento, Calif. The lead concerned a target at the Young residence who was trading child pornography over the Internet. An examination of Young's computer and related storage media was performed and agents discovered child pornography. Young admitted that he had obtained the child pornography via the Internet.

According to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Young told agents during his interview that his preferences in child pornography were male children, ages 13 to 15. He also remarked at the conclusion of the interview that "I always knew this day would come. I knew it was wrong."

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis, Northern District of Texas.

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. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 12,000 individuals.

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.

This case was also 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 and abuse. 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, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.