HOUSTON – A 38-year-old man has been ordered to federal
prison for 480 months following his convictions of production and possession of
child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. James Kelly
Hilton, of Spring, pleaded guilty Aug. 14, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett imposed a
360-month sentence for the production charge as well as another 120 months for
possessing child pornography. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively.
Following completion of his 40-year prison term, he will be on supervised
release for the rest of his life. The court further ordered Hilton to pay
$62,500 in restitution to multiple victims.
In April 2017, the mother of a victim discovered an SD card
with images of Hilton sexually violating her daughter. She traveled from Spring
to Oklahoma where her family resided and reported the discovery to the local
authorities. Hilton followed her there, where he was taken into custody.
A forensic examination of the SD card revealed 981 images
and five videos of child pornography, including eight images and a video of the
identified minor victim. Authorities also seized a cell phone upon his
arrest and eventually discovered 444 images of child pornography, seven of
which were of the same victim.
He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau
of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Zack 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