Phoenix Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offenses
LUBBOCK, TX—A former resident of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to federal child pornography offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Gregory James Flohr, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces a statutory penalty of from five years to 30 years in federal prison, and a $500,000 fine. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set following the completion of that report. Flohr has been in custody since his arrest early last month on a related federal criminal complaint.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, when Flohr traveled from Arizona to Texas, he intentionally transported videos depicting a prepubescent female minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, on the evening of July 2, 2014, Flohr knowingly possessed a Samsung cell phone that contained a child pornography video that had been transported from Arizona.
According to the complaint filed in the case, the investigation began on July 2, 2014, after Flohr entered a T-Mobile store in Lubbock, accompanied by “Jane Doe,” a female minor under age 12. Flohr purchased two cell phones, one for himself and one for Jane Doe. Flohr requested that the T-Mobile staff transfer data from his existing cell phone onto the newly purchased cell phone. This process involved Flohr telling the T-Mobile employee his Google Gmail account and password to facilitate the data transfer. During the data transfer, the employee noticed several images and videos of Flohr engaged in sexual contact with Jane Doe. After Flohr left the store, T-Mobile contacted the Lubbock Police Department to report the incident.
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 Lubbock Police Department, the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI were involved in the investigation of the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy is prosecuting.