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Texas man sentenced to 30 years in prison on child pornography conviction

DALLAS - A local-area resident was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for transporting, shipping and possessing child pornography. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper, Northern District of Texas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Kevin D. Moore, 45, was convicted by a Dallas federal jury in March on one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor sentenced Moore to a total of 360 months in prison. Judge O'Connor also sentenced Moore, of Grand Prairie, Texas, to a lifetime of supervised release.

In September 2005, Moore traveled to Ottawa, Canada, with a laptop computer that contained movie files of child pornography. When he arrived at MacDonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Moore told Canadian Border Services that he was entering the country for five days to install equipment. The immigration officer asked if he had anything prohibited on his computer, and Moore advised that he didn't, but that his brother also uses his laptop. Moore was then referred to secondary screening, where child pornography files were discovered on his laptop computer. He was arrested the same day.

A total of 13 movie files containing child pornography were located on Moore's laptop computer. In addition, the computer had adult pornography and evidence-eliminating software called "History Kill" and "Spyware" software. A disk containing child pornography belonging to Moore was also given to ICE officials by Moore's family. The disk contained adult pornography, child pornography movies and still images.

"This 30-year prison sentence should serve as a major wake-up call to current or would-be child pornographers," said John Chakwin, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Dallas. "This sentence brings some justice to the innocent victims of these crimes." Chakwin oversees 128 counties in north Texas and the State of Oklahoma

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet — and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

U.S. Attorney Roper commended the investigative efforts of ICE, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Ottawa Police Services. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aisha Saleem and Alex Lewis, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was also 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 11,000 individuals, including more than 1,080 in Texas.

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.