POSTED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 4:07pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 4:08pm
BEAUMONT, Texas — A 53-year-old Lufkin, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Patrick Sanders pleaded guilty on Apr. 22, 2010, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on May 4, 2009, law enforcement officers received information that Sanders possessed images of child pornography on his computer at the Boys and Girls Club in Lufkin, where he worked as the Director. A forensic examination of the computer confirmed it contained images of child pornography.
This case was brought 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 was investigated by the FBI and the Lufkin Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.