Sugar Land Man Convicted of Possessing Child Pornography
HOUSTON—Glenn Casey Portwood, 52, has entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography which included images of babies and toddlers, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The investigation began in September 2012 when a particular computer was identified as sharing child pornography via peer-to-peer software on the Internet. Law enforcement linked that computer Internet account to Portwood’s name and found that he resided in Sugar Land.
A search warrant was conducted at the location and included a Honda Portwood admitted he drove. Inside the trunk of the vehicle, officers discovered found a black backpack with nine individually labeled CDs, two external hard drives, one Compaq Presario laptop computer and one Gateway laptop computer.
One of the CDs was labeled “VCKY 2004,” on which officers found a folder named “Vicky” with 32 movie files containing child pornography. “Vicky” is the name of a known and identified child pornography series of images and videos that is widely traded over the Internet.
A forensic exam revealed approximately 70 videos and 325 images containing child pornography on the two computers and one of the external hard drives also contained approximately 50,000 images and 1,300 child pornography videos. Four of the CDs also contained child pornography. Some of the images and videos involved prepubescent girls, even toddlers and babies. The child pornography included children as young as 1-3 years old to young teens engaging in oral, vaginal and anal sex. There were also images depicting bondage.
U.S. District Judge Gray Miller, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for Feb. 20, 2015. At that time, Portwood faces a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Portwood also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.
The charges against Portwood were the result of an investigation conducted by the Sugar Land Police Department, as part of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe, 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.”