Beaumont man guilty of possessing more than 1,000 child porn videos, 11,000 images

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 1:23pm

TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 37-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has pleaded guilty to Federal Child Pornography charges.

Shawn Suri pleaded guilty to one count of possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors this morning during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zach Hawthorn

According to information presented in court, in September, 2011, federal and local agents executed a search warrant at Suri’s residence in Beaumont. During the search of Suri’s home, agents located and seized a laptop. Suri admitted to law enforcement agents that he used the internet to download and view child pornography. A forensic examination of the computer revealed Suri possessed approximately 11,000 images and 1000 videos of child pornography.

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 the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Beaumont Police Department, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

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