Smith Co. sex offender indicted for interstate transportation of minors for prostitution

Smith Co. sex offender indicted for interstate transportation of minors for prostitution
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POSTED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:54am

UPDATED: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 5:09pm

A convicted sex offender from Tyler has been indicted on child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Anthony Nelson, 31, also known as "Flip," was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday and charged with transportation of minors, transportation, and penalties for registered sex offenders.

According to the indictment, in November and December 2013, Nelson, a previously convicted sex offender, transported individuals, including two minors, across state lines with the intent that they engage in prostitution.

If convicted of all counts, Nelson will receive life in federal prison.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations (DHS-HSI), the Louisiana State Police, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, the Shreveport Police Department, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the Tyler Police Department, the ATF, the DEA, and the Smith County District Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld is prosecuting the case.

It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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