LUBBOCK, Texas — Steven Michael
Turnbow, 33, of Leuders, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Reed
C. O’Connor to serve a total of 87 months in federal prison and an eight-year
term of supervised release, following his guilty plea to receipt of child
pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of
Turnbow has been in custody since his arrest
in March 2017. He pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of receipt of
visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
According to the factual resume filed in the
case, between 2015 through July 30, 2016, Turnbow received, by way of the
Internet, several images and videos which depict minors engaged in sexually
explicit conduct. Turnbow used the Wi-Fi signal from his neighbor’s house
to access the Internet. When he saw that his neighbors’ residence was
being searched by law enforcement, he removed the computer hard drive from his
desktop computer, which he had been using to search for, and download, images
and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and threw it in a
river near his residence.
These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing
epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s
Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section,
Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate,
apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and
identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.
For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on
the tab “resources.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI) and the Shackelford County Sheriff’s Office
conducted the investigation. Assistant
U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted the case.