A man from Water Valley, Texas, was sentenced today to serve 60 years
in prison for producing hundreds of videos and images of himself
sexually abusing a child.
Douglas Stephen Groover, 37, was sentenced after pleading guilty in
February 2020 to two counts of production of child pornography. The
sentence, which was imposed by U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix
of the Northern District of Texas, also included a lifetime term of
supervised release and a restitution award of $53,000.
According to court documents, in addition to the hundreds of videos
and images he created of himself sexually abusing a minor, he also
admitted to sexually abusing at least two additional minors. Groover
also admitted to maintaining a large collection of child pornography,
which included depictions of the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers,
sadism and bestiality.
The case was investigated by HSI’s San Angelo, Texas, office, and the
Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the High
Technology Investigative Unit within the Child Exploitation and
Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal
Division. Trial Attorney Kyle P. Reynolds of CEOS and Assistant U.S.
Attorney Jeffrey R. Haag prosecuted the case along with former Assistant
U.S. Attorney Russell H. Lorfing.
This case 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 U.S.
Attorneys’ Offices and 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.justice.gov/psc.
The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.