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November 14, 2008

McBryde pleads guilty in federal child porn case

FORT WORTH — Shane Allen Davis pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge John McBryde to one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas.

Davis, 46, of Palo Pinto County, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution.

Davis, who is presently in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge McBryde March 9.

According to documents filed in court Friday, Davis admitted he used the Internet to download and possess three picture files and one video file of minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In October 2004, the FBI assisted in the execution of a search warrant at Davis’s home, and during that search, FBI agents encountered Davis at the residence.

A forensic exam of his computer and related storage media was performed and agents discovered images of child pornography of children ranging in age from 5 to 14 engaged in posing and in sexual acts.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Led by the U.S. Attorneys offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.

Roper commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis is prosecuting the case.

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