Convicted Sex Predator Sentenced to 180 Years in Federal Prison
DALLAS—Timothy Rinehart, 36, of Dallas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to serve a total of 180 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2014 to a superseding indictment charging a multitude of child pornography offenses, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Specifically, Judge Boyle sentenced Rinehart to the maximum statutory sentence for each of his counts of conviction. Rinehart pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography, one count of attempted transportation of child pornography, one count of transportation of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography, and one count of a registered sex offender committing a felony offense involving a minor.
A convicted sex offender, Rinehart was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison in August 2006, after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.
In April 2012, Rinehart used John Doe, a 4-year-old male minor, to engage in sexually explicit conduct and then used his cell phone to take photos of that conduct. In late May 2012, Rinehart used his computer, the Internet and peer-to-peer file sharing to share images of minor boys engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In early May 2013, Rinehart again used peer-to-peer file sharing to share images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. On October 5, 2012, Rinehart possessed a cell phone and an external hard drive that each contained images of minors involved in sexually explicit conduct.
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 investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.