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January 5, 2013

Beaumont sentenced for child pornography violations

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

BEAUMONT — A 47-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Charles Wilburn Odom pleaded guilty on Aug. 7, 2012 to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison on Friday by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, on Oct. 28, 2010, federal officials conducted a search warrant at Odom’s residence in Beaumont, Texas. Several computers and digital storage were seized during the search and found to contain more than 140 videos and more than 79 images of child pornography. Some of the material would be considered sadistic or masochistic and some depicted prepubescent children under the age of 12. Odom was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 16, 2012.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

This case was investigated by ICE/HSI, Beaumont Police Department, and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.