According to U.S. Attorney Brit Featherson, the Eastern District of Texas sentenced a Bogata man to federal prison for child pornography violations.
James Thomas Tucker, 36, pleaded guilty on Oct. 20, 2021, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 124 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III.
According to information presented in court, Tucker was using a social media messaging application to distribute images of child pornography. A search of Tucker’s residence revealed evidence that he had been searching for child pornography. Tucker admitted to downloading and distributing images of child pornography in exchange for more photos of child pornography. Tucker was charged in a complaint and arrested in May 2020.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing child sexual exploitation and abuse epidemic. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources lead the program. As a result, they better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet and identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bogata Police Department, and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok was the prosecutor.