Two Southeast Texans and a Louisiana man have been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography.
According to a news release issued by the office of U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, Stacey Marie Barron, 25, of Nederland, Johnny Ray Baldwin, II, 28, of Lumberton and Charles Edward Reese, 67, of Covington, LA were sentenced Thursday.
Barron pleaded guilty on Aug. 24, 2012 to conspiracy to produce child pornography. She was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in federal prison.
Baldwin pleaded guilty on Aug. 24, 2012, to conspiracy to produce child pornography and was sentenced Thursday 9 years in federal prison.
Reese pleaded guilty on May 24, 2012, to conspiracy to produce child pornography and was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. He was also ordered to pay $2,819,887.00 in restitution to the victims. The minor victims in this case will receive restitution for their future medical needs, to be held in a special needs trust. The trust will be funded, in part, by assets frozen and seized by the U.S. Attorney's Office prior to Reese's sentencing.
According to information presented in court, on Feb. 1, 2012, federal officials conducted a search warrant at a home in Orange County after receiving information from an Internet-based image hosting website reporting that a customer had uploaded digital images from a cell phone that contained sexually explicit conduct of a young child and an adult. An investigation revealed that although the adult in the photos was deceased, another person identified as Reese had been paying money for several years in return for digital pictures of sexually explicit conduct involving minor children. On Mar. 12, 2012, a search warrant was executed at Reese's home in Louisiana during which multiple child pornography images and videos were discovered. Financial records indicate Reese paid over $700,000 between 2004 and 2012 for the production of child pornography.
Reese was arrested on Mar. 5, 2012 and indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 21, 2012.
Further investigation led to additional child pornography which had been produced by Barron and Baldwin for Reece from July 2009 to August 2011 using two young children. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 6, 2012 charging Barron and Baldwin with child pornography violations.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Jefferson County Child Protective Services, the Garth House, Orange County Child Protective Services, and Orange County Sheriff's Office, and was prosecuted by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.
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