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April 21, 2022Corpus Christi, TX, United StatesChild Exploitation

Texas man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for possessing child pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A southeast Texas man was ordered to serve more than 15 years in federal prison Wednesday for possessing nearly 1,300 images of child pornography following an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Corpus Christi, FBI Houston and the Corpus Christi (Texas) Police Department.

Camden Chase Plumb, a 43-year-old resident of Corpus Christi, was sentenced April 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 190 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term. While on supervised release, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender and pay $15,000 in restitution to victims.

Plumb pleaded guilty to the charges on Oct. 5, 2021. In determining his sentence, the court considered victim impact statements and took into account Plumb’s previous state conviction for indecency with a minor.

In June 2017, authorities learned Plumb had sexually abused a minor. The investigation led to the seizure of his cell phone and a computer he had used. Forensic analysis of the devices resulted in the discovery of 1,058 images of child pornography on his cell phone, and 113 videos and 230 images of child pornography on the computer. Both devices included images depicting prepubescent children being sexually exploited.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dennis E. Robinson and Molly K. Smith prosecuted the case.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.