Longview man gets 10 years for text messaging child porn

Sterling William Blade. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.
Sterling William Blade. Photo Source: Gregg County Jail.

Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales:

LONGVIEW, TX – A 36-year-old Longview, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Sterling William Blade pleaded guilty on June 23, 2010, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 26, 2010, Blade was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. Blade had been previously convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 1995 in Bienville Parish Louisiana and was required to register with local authorities as a sex offender.

During the arrest, officers retrieved Blade's cellular phone and received consent to search the phone. An analysis of the phone revealed that Blade had received several text messages with photo attachments containing child pornography.

The search ultimately revealed that Blade had received 34 pictures of child pornography, and likely distributed those images via text messaging. Officers later located two DVDs in Blade's home, which contained videos of child pornography. Some of the material depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct. Blade was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 7, 2010.

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

This case was brought 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.