Bedford Man Admits Producing Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2009|
FORT WORTH, TX—Thomas James Murphy, III, 26, of Bedford, Texas, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Bleil to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Murphy, who has been in custody since his arrest on October 6, 2009, faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. He also must register as a sex offender. Sentencing is set for April 12, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means.
In October 2009, FBI agents discovered a lead which indicated that Murphy was creating child pornography by using his own daughters. These videos and images showed sexually graphic conduct between Murphy and one of his daughters. Both daughters were under the age of three at the time of the creation of the child pornography.
When FBI agents visited the Murphy residence, he identified his two daughters as the minor children in the images and also identified himself as the naked adult male in the images. He admitted that he took images of himself sexually engaged with one of two daughters and sent those images over the Internet to another individual. An examination of his computer and related storage media was performed and agents discovered the images of Murphy with his two daughters.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis.