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Fort Worth man sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

FORT WORTH, Texas — At a Thursday hearing in federal court, the judge sentenced a Fort Worth man to 141 months in federal prison following his July guilty plea to one count of possessing child pornography.

Louis E. Gray, 40, has been in custody since his July 6 arrest when law enforcement executed a search warrant at his Fort Worth residence. This sentencing was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. In addition, U.S. District Judge John McBryde ordered that Gray serve a lifetime of supervised release.

According to documents filed in the case, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at Gray's residence where he resided alone. They located two working computers and 17 hard drives. A forensic examination of two of the hard drives identified about 2,500 images of child pornography.

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