UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
TYLER, Texas — A 43-year-old Longview, 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 today.
Anthony Quinn Steward pleaded guilty on Mar. 30, 2010, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.
According to information presented in court, on Dec. 18, 2009, Steward had been living at the Contessa Inn in Longview with his sister and her two children for about 4 months when it was discovered he was in possession of computer equipment which contained visual depictions of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
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 is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.