Lueders Man Sentenced to 193 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Conviction
ABILENE, TX—Rockey Koonce, 40, of Lueders, Texas, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 192 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in April 2015 to one count of receipt of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Following the sentencing, Judge Solis remanded Koonce, who had been on bond, into custody.
According to documents filed in the case, Koonce used a laptop computer at his residence, connected to the Internet, to search for images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In May 2014, Koonce knowingly received a video file depicting a prepubescent female, under age 18, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Koonce received the video through the use of peer-to-peer file sharing software.
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wichita Falls Police Department and the Stamford Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, prosecuted.