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11/17/2017

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West Texas man sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A West Texas man was sentenced Friday to 121 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.  This case was investigated by the following agencies:  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Texas Department of Public Safety, and San Angelo (Texas) Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings remanded Michael Doerr, 45, from San Angelo, Texas, into immediate custody to begin serving his sentence.  Doerr pleaded guilty in August 2017 to one count of receiving child pornography.

According to plea documents filed in the case, on Aug. 25, 2016, Doerr used computer hard disk drives to save images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He received this material via the internet, and saved it on the hard disk drives at his residence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/20/2017