Federal Jury Convicts Dallas Man on Child Pornography Charges
Defendant Faces Up to 70 Years in Federal Prison
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 11, 2014|
DALLAS—Following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn and less than one hour of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted a 43-year-old Dallas man on various child pornography offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Ted Lynn Snider was convicted on two counts of transporting and shipping child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. Each of the transporting and shipping child pornography counts as well as the receipt of child pornography count carries a statutory penalty of not less than five years or more than 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. The possession count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for June 27, 2014.
The government presented evidence that in May 2013, the FBI discovered a particular individual, later identified as Snider, was online sharing images and videos of young children engaged in vile and graphic sexual acts. On May 29, 2013, the FBI executed a search warrant at Snider’s residence, and, while at the residence, agents spoke with him. Snider admitted he had been using a file-sharing program to trade files depicting child pornography and that he maintained a categorized child pornography collection on his computer and external hard drives. The FBI seized electronic evidence that contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s 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 sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay prosecuted.