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Newton Co. man gets 10-year federal prison sentence for child porn

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BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) -

A U.S. District Judge sentenced a 61-year Deweyville man to 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas Thursday. The sentencing came a week after Mark James Frederick withdrew his guilty plea in the case.

Frederick originally pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 30, 2012. The prison sentence, which was the maximum possible, was handed down by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

Testimony in court revealed that police received a report of a sexual assault of a minor on Jan. 24, 2011.

"The minor provided a statement to police that Frederick sexually assaulted her on several occasions, and, on at least one occasion, took Polaroid photographs of her engaged in actual or simulated sexual acts," a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas stated.

When federal law enforcement officials executed a search warrant on Frederick's home in Deweyville, they seized a laptop computer and numerous compact discs. Even though federal investigators did not find any photos of the minor that Frederick sexually assaulted, a forensic examination of the laptop and discs revealed more than 600 images of child pornography.

Some of the material found on the computer and discs included prepubescent children the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit content.

A federal grand jury indicted Frederick on the child pornography violations on Sept. 5, 2012.

The case against Frederick was made possible by Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to fight child sexual exploitation and abused that was launched in May 2006. The initiative, which is spearheaded by United States Attorney's offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, combines federal, state, and local resources "to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet." It is also designed to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Newton County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.  

Frederick faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

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