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August 25, 2015

Convicted Sex Offender Faces 20 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Conviction

DALLAS—Erick Fernando Duarte, 58, of Garland, Texas, appeared in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Duarte, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in May 2015, faces a statutory penalty of not less than 10 years and up to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for December 7, 2015, before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey.

According to documents filed in the case, in April 2014, a detective with the Garland Police Department received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that child pornography had been uploaded to an AOL account by a specific AOL e-mail user. Based on this, subscriber information, and information reported on his updated sex offender registry, Duarte was identified as the user.

A search warrant was secured and executed for Duarte’s residence and cell phone. A review of his cell phone and other media revealed that he had more than 1200 images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children involved in sex acts, on his cell phone. Duarte admits that some of the images depicted sadistic and/or violent content.

Duarte was convicted in the 265th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas, in October 1995, for the felony assault of Sexual Assault of a Child.

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 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 and the Garland Police Department are investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is in charge of the prosecution.

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