According to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales, a Grapeland man has been arrested on child exploitation charges in East Texas.
45-year-old Robbie Newby was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 17. He was charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of child pornography.
According to the indictment, from January to March of 2012, Newby persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of the sexual conduct. The acts allegedly occurred in Anderson County, Bales' offices said.
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.
If Newby is convicted, he faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison for each of the exploitation charges and up to 10 years for the child pornography possession charge.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office were the investigators in this site, and the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Nathaniel Kummerfeld.
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