U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Texas
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October 9, 2015

Lubbock County Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

LUBBOCK, TX—A 43—year-old Cisco, Texas, man, Robert Jarold Eckhart, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings two years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in June 2015 to one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Eckhart was ordered to report to the designated prison facility on November 13, 2015.

According to documents filed in the case, Eckhart used his Apple iPod 4 to communicate with other persons over the Internet and communicate with several persons about adult pornography and child pornography. Eckhart advised that his interests included younger males, and as a result, he received numerous images of minor males engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Between May 2011 and May 2012 Eckhart knowingly possessed his iPod knowing that it contained numerous images 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 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 the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.

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