Katy teacher accused of trading child porn

August 19, 2010 12:39:31 PM PDT
A Katy resident has been charged with distributing child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. Justin W. Lewis, 40, was taken into custody by officers of the Houston Police Department at his Katy home on Wednesday. He was transferred into federal custody Thursday morning as a consequence of an FBI's Innocent Images Task Force investigation resulting in the filing of a criminal complaint accusing him of distributing child pornography via the Internet in or about July 2010. The United States will seek to hold Lewis is federal custody without bond pending further criminal proceedings.

According to the federal criminal complaint, Lewis was allegedly making child pornography available to others through the use of peer-to-peer software over the Internet via his home computer. Investigating agents downloaded multiple images of child pornography allegedly from Lewis via the software which included children under the age of 12 being sexually violated by adults, children under the age of 12 in positions which caused their genitalia to be displayed in a lewd/lascivious manner, as well a child being penetrated by a foreign object.

According to the Katy Independent School Distritc, Lewis was a seventh grade teacher at Katy Junior High School. He has been with the district since the 2004-2005 school year. They are working now to put him on administrative leave.

Distribution of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment with a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000. Additionally, the penalty upon conviction for distributing child pornography also includes a maximum life term of supervised release during which a sentencing court can impose any number of special conditions designed to protect children such as limitations on computer use and Internet access. A conviction for distributing child pornography requires registration as a sex offender.

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.


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