FORT WORTH, Texas — Timothy Paul
Malone, 39, of River Oaks, Texas, appeared this morning before U.S. Magistrate
Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton and pleaded guilty to three child pornography counts,
announced John Parker, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Malone pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual
exploitation of children and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of
children. Malone faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not less than 15 years
and not more than 90 years, a total of $750,000 in fines and up to a lifetime
of supervised release. Malone has been in custody since the time of indictment
in September 2017. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 5, 2018.
According to documents filed in the case,
Malone persuaded and enticed two minor children in Watauga and Haslet, Texas to
engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a video.
Malone also attempted to use another minor child to create a video of the minor
engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
In January 2017, law enforcement conducted a
search warrant, according to plea documents, at Malone’s residence and seized a
number of electronic devices. An examination of the devices revealed a number
of child pornography videos and images including those of the minors previously
The matter was brought as part of Project Safe
Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 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.”
River Oaks Police Department, Tarrant County District Attorney’s Digital
Forensics Unit, and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case. Assistant
U.S. Attorney A. Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.