POSTED: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 2:26pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 2:31pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A 46-year-old east Texas man pleaded guilty Friday to child exploitation violations, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Eastern District of Texas.
This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigations Division.
Robbie Newby, from Grapeland, Texas, pleaded guilty Jan. 9 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love to sexually exploiting a child.
According to information presented in court, on March 14, 2012, Newby coerced or persuaded a child under the age of 16 to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of creating child pornography. A federal grand jury returned an indictment April 17, 2013, charging Newby with child exploitation violations.
Newby faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld, Eastern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.