☷Texas Man Convicted of Receiving and Possessing Images of Child Sexual Abuse
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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A federal jury in Dallas convicted a Texas man today for receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse . According to court documents and evidence presented at trial , Andrew Kasnetz , 59 , of Dallas , used a peer - to - peer network to download images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children . Law enforcement in Dallas obtained a warrant to search Kasnetz’s residence and discovered Kasnetz actively downloading child sexual abuse material when they entered the home . A search of Kasnetz’s digital devices revealed tens of thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse material ( CSAM ) . Kasnetz was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of prepubescent child pornography . He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison . A sentencing date has not yet been set . The court will determine any sentence after considering the U . S . Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors . Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A . Polite , Jr . of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division , U . S . Attorney Leigha Simonton for the Northern District of Texas , Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division , and Acting Special Agent in Charge James J . Dwyer of the FBI Dallas Field Office made the announcement . The FBI Dallas Field Office , Dallas Police Department , and Garland Police Department investigated the case . Trial Attorney Eduardo Palomo of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U . S . Attorney Abe McGlothin and former Assistant U . S . Attorney Shane Read for the Northern District of Texas are prosecuting the case . 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 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 . justice . gov/psc .
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