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October 2, 2015

Lubbock Man Who Admitted Possessing Child Pornography Involving a Prepubescent Child is Sentenced to 121 Months in Federal Prison

LUBBOCK, TX—Michael Dennis Powers, 47, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 121 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea June 2015 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Judge Cummings remanded Powers, who had been on bond, into custody.

According to documents filed in the case, Powers admitted using a computer at his residence to, among other things, search the Internet for child pornography. In the course of searching for this material, Powers located, downloaded, and viewed numerous files containing child pornography. Powers knew that some of those files were produced using prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. On April 9, 2015, Powers was in possession of three computer disks containing the 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 and the Lubbock Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.

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