In Del Rio, a federal judge sentenced 51-year-old Timothy Robert Beasley to ten years in federal prison for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio.
Yesterday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Beasley to the prison term followed by ten years of supervised release and ordered that he pay $20,000 restitution to his victims.
On December 15, 2015, HSI agents executed a search warrant at Beasley’s residence and seized several home computers, related media and cell phones. A subsequent forensics examination of the seized materials revealed the presence of more than 120 videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit activity. On November 30, 2016, Beasley pleaded guilty to the child pornography possession charge.
“Protecting children from predators who seek to exploit them is always a priority for Homeland Security Investigations and our law enforcement partners,” said Special Agent in Charge, Shane Folden, HSI San Antonio. “Child exploitation is a global issue that takes many forms and directly impacts the United States and our communities.”
HSI agents in Del Rio conducted this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Watters prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.