POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 2:02pm
A 67-year-old Henderson, 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.
Stephen Wayne Perritte pleaded guilty on Sep. 2, 2011, to transporting obscene materials and was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Perritte was also ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine and must register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, on May 23, 2011, Perritte described sexual acts over the internet to a person he believed to be a minor.
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 U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.