POSTED: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 11:46am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 3:05am
TYLER, Texas– U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 43-year-old Longview, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
ANTHONY QUINN STEWARD pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with possession of child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love. Steward was immediately remanded into custody to await sentencing.
According to information presented in court, on Dec. 18, 2009, at the Contessa Inn in Longview, Steward was found to be in possession of computer equipment which contained visual depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Further investigation revealed that Steward had been living at the Contessa Inn with his sister and her two children for about 4 months before the pornography was discovered.
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 .
Steward faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.