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Texas man pleads guilty to possession of child porn

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—Scott Randall Atchison, 50, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Indicted Jan. 11, 2012, Atchison agreed in court today to the facts as described by the prosecutor regarding the commission of his offense. On Dec. 1, 2011, an employee of a computer repair business contacted law enforcement regarding a computer brought in for repair which was suspected to contain child pornography. The computer was ultimately turned over to the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Computer forensics experts examined the computer and found it to contain more than 3500 images and 200 videos of suspected child pornography.

The investigation was joined by the FBI who then investigated the background and movements of Atchison. A controlled delivery of the computer was organized and Atchison re-took possession of the computer on Dec. 15, 2011, after which he was immediately arrested. He admitted to owning the computer and using it to acquire child pornography.

Senior United States District Judge John D. Rainey, who accepted the guilty plea today, has set sentencing for May 21, 2012, at which time Atchison will face a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment. He has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending that sentencing hearing.

The case was jointly investigated by the Corpus Christi Police Department ICAC and the FBI.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, 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, 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 visitwww.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chief
Arlene Culpepper, Asst. Editor-in-Chiefhttp://www.mikodreamz.com
Vice-President & Asst. Editor-in-Chief of The Heat Magazine, Arlene is a Louisiana native, Certified Paralegal, Publicist, Owner of MIKODreamz PR, co-owner of 504Diffusion, writer, producer, and jack of all trades, who is heavily involved in her community as well as serving as Media Advisor for New Orleans Union for Entertainment (NOUE), Member of the NOLA Music Awards from 2012-present & Member of the Press Club of New Orleans. Her work is published across the web. Her PR work has been highly recognized & awarded. She was/is publicist for the late great BTY YoungN, 0017th and more. She is also working on her first novel & aspires to turn it into a film & is currently writing the authorized biography of the legendary Pimp C of UGK. She can be reached via email at Arlene@theheatmag.com. Follow her on Twitter - @CategorySeven & Instagram - @hurricanearlene.
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