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Tyler man pleads guilty to child porn charges

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Released by the U.S. Department of Justice:

TYLER, TX — A 62-year-old Tyler, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

William Robert Pate pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on Aug. 16, 2010 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 26, 2010, investigators executed a search warrant at Pate's home for suspected child pornography after images were reported to being uploaded to an Internet website from Pate's IP address. During the investigation, Pate admitted to downloading child pornography over the Internet and consented to a search of his computer. An analysis of the computer revealed approximately 97 images and 7 videos of child pornography. Some of the material depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on April 8, 2010 charging Pate with child pornography violations.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Pate faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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