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07/05/2016

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West Texas man sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for transporting child pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A West Texas man was sentenced Friday by Senior U.S. District Sam R. Cummings to 293 months in federal prison following his guilty plea on child pornography charges.

This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the San Angelo Police Department, and the Tom Green County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office.

According to documents filed in his case, Nicholas Daniel Glass, 34, of San Angelo, Texas, used his cellular telephone and a laptop computer to possess and access images of one or more minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In July 2015, Glass sent images to persons on the internet depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He also requested and received an image of child pornography from another internet user in the course of his communications.

Glass has been in federal custody since February 2016.  He pleaded guilty in March 2016 to an information charging him with one count of accessing with intent to view child pornography, and one count of transporting child pornography.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Myria Boehm, Norther District of Texas, was in charge of the prosecution.

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 14,000 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 2015, nearly 2,400 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 1,000 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.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/06/2016