Local Man Heads to Prison for Distributing Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—A 32-year old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. James Parrott pleaded guilty July 29, 2015.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey handed Parrott a term of 108 months in federal prison. The sentence will be immediately followed by a term of five years on supervised release during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet.
At the time of his guilty plea, the court heard that detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department, while using peer-to-peer software, were able to successfully download various files containing child pornography from an IP address that was associated with Parrott. As a result of this information, the FBI office in Corpus Christi was contacted to assist in the investigation.
In January 2015, agents executed a search warrant at Parrott’s residence, at which time they seized various electronic devices. Forensic analysis on those devices revealed more than 1,000 images and more than 120 videos of child pornography. Parrott admitted to using the peer-to-peer software to download child pornography.
Parrott was arrested on the federal charges in June 2015 and has been in custody since that time where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI investigated with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”