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Feds arrest Grapeland man on exploitation and child porn charges

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Robbie Newby (Source: TDJC) Robbie Newby (Source: TDJC)

Two weeks after he was indicted on four counts of child exploitation and one count of possession of child pornography, authorities arrested a 45-year-old Grapeland man Monday.

A federal grand jury indicted Robbie Newby on April 17 for the five charges. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love Monday.

From January to March 2012, Newby allegedly coerced or persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of "producing visual depictions of such conduct," according to the indictment. The alleged child exploitation took place in Anderson County.

If convicted, Newby faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison for each of the exploitation charges and up to 10 years for the possession charge, which means he could face a total prison term of 70 years.

The case against Newby is being prosecuted as a 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, Project Safe Childhood combines 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 the Website.

This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigation and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Kummerfeld.

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