South African sentenced to heavy sentence for sexually exploiting young child | USAO-SDTX

HOUSTON — A 36-year-old South African citizen residing illegally at The Brand has faced multiple convictions for child pornography, U.S. attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.

Andrian Page pleaded guilty on June 19, 2019.

Today, US District Judge George C. Hanks sentenced him to 336 months for producing child pornography and 60 months each for distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography, respectively. They will run consecutively for a total jail term of 516 months. The court also heard additional information today, including a letter written by the mother of the production victim detailing how profoundly it changed her life, how she doesn’t trust anyone with her daughter and doesn’t know if she will trust again. In handing down the prison sentences, the court noted that its role was not just to appropriately punish Page for his conduct, but to protect future victims from him.

Refund will be determined later.

Page was additionally ordered to serve 10 years of probation after completing his prison sentence. During this time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements aimed at restricting his access to children and the Internet. Page will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. He is also expected to face removal proceedings after his incarceration and will have to register as a sex offender.

The page came to the attention of law enforcement during an investigation into the distribution of child pornography via peer-to-peer software. Law enforcement was able to download multiple images of child pornography from a particular IP address. Further investigation led to Page’s house where he lived with his parents.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant and seized various electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones. While searching these items, they found child pornography images of a minor victim who was then six years old. The investigation revealed that Page had produced these images at his home.

In total, Page had over 3,300 images and over 125 videos of child pornography on numerous devices found in his home.

The images/videos produced by Page are of the minor who was naked in some cases. In one image, his genitals are in the victim’s hand. Some of the other images and videos the page has obtained elsewhere range from a 30-minute video of a six-year-old minor with a grown man orally penetrating her to videos of anal sex between a grown man and a child. under 12 years old. .

Page has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a United States Bureau of Prisons facility in the near future.

Homeland Security Investigations – Galveston and members of the Metro Houston Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in May 2006 to combat child abuse. growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. . The United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section lead the PSC, which brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identify and rescue victims. For more information on PSC, please visit the DOJ’s PSC page. For more information on internet safety education, please see the resource link on this page.

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