POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:44pm
Tyler, Texas — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that an Anderson County man has been sentenced for the sexual exploitation of children in East Texas.
Robbie Newby, 46, of Grapeland, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury, and pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of children. Newby was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
According to the information provided in court, Newby knowingly coerced a minor under the age of sixteen to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.
This case was 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 .