HOUSTON – A 26-year-old man from Galveston County has
entered a guilty plea to receipt and possession of child pornography, announced
Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.
Lavelas Luckey first came to the attention of law
enforcement after multiple images of child pornography were found associated
with his online account. Authorities later conducted a search of Luckey’s
residence which eventually led to the discovery of 107 videos and 638 images of
Luckey admitted ownership of the child pornography as well
as the online account he used to obtain it.
During the plea hearing today, Luckey admitted to using
peer-to-peer software to search for, download and obtain child pornography. He
also admitted to distributing the child pornography through his online
Sentencing has been set for Dec. 29, 2017, before U.S.
District Judge George C. Hanks. At that time Luckey faces a minimum of five and
up to 20 years imprisonment for receipt of child pornography and up to 10 years
for possession of child pornography. Each count also carries a possible
$250,000 maximum fine.
The Pearland Police Department and the FBI conducted the
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie N. Searle is prosecuting the
case which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the
growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United
States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and
Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local
resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children,
and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe
Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety
education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc
and click on the tab "resources."