GALVESTON, Texas – A 44-year old resident of Angleton has
been ordered to federal prison following his convictions on one count each of
distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, announced Acting
U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. John Kevin Waldrip pleaded guilty June 7, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. imposed
sentences of 175, 175 and 120 months for the possession, receipt and
distribution convictions, respectively. The sentences will run concurrently.
Following completion of his 175-month sentence, Waldrip will be on supervised
release for 10 years, during which time he will have to comply with numerous
requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet. He
will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
Waldrip came to the attention of law enforcement following
an investigation into persons using the Internet to traffic in child
pornography via peer-to-peer software. A detective with Pearland Police
Department (PPD) was able to locate and identify a computer as offering to participate
in the receipt of child pornography videos through a peer-to-peer network on
the Internet. Through the investigation, it was determined that the computer
was located at a residence in Angleton.
On June 30, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant
at the Angleton residence, during which time they seized a computer. A forensic
examination on the computer revealed 81 videos and 512 images of child
pornography involving minor children engaged in sexually explicit
conduct. Some of the videos are of known victims as identified through
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Waldrip will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
PPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations conducted the investigation.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L.
Zack, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing
epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States
Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity
Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to
locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and
to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For
more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab