In Waco, U.S. District Judge Alan Albright sentenced two men to
lengthy federal prison terms for possession of child pornography,
announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash.
Today, Judge Albright sentenced 34-year-old Derek Loyd Ward of
Whitney, TX, to 240 months in federal prison followed by ten years of
supervised release. Judge Albright also ordered that Ward pay $10,000
in restitution. On October 8, 2019, Ward pleaded guilty to one count of
possession of child pornography. On May 30, 2019, authorities executed
a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized his personal
computer and related media. A forensics review of the seized materials
revealed the presence of approximately 550 videos and 875 images
depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Yesterday, Judge Albright sentenced 28-year-old Tyler Christopher
Benson of Killeen, TX, to 110 months in federal prison followed by five
years of supervised release. On October 15, 2019, Benson pleaded guilty
to one count of possession of child pornography. On October 26, 2017,
authorities executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and
seized his laptop computer and cellular telephone. A forensics review
of the computer and cell phone revealed the presence of approximately
775 videos and 360 images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit
“Those who possess child pornography sustain the market for the abuse
of children. Today’s sentence was richly deserved,” stated U.S.
The Child Exploitation Division of the Texas Attorney General’s
Office investigated these cases. Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Gloff
prosecuted these cases on behalf of the government.
These cases were 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.