Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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Fort Bend County Grand Jury Indicts Two Richmond Men on Child Pornography Charges

AUSTIN A Fort Bend County grand jury has charged two Richmond suspects with child pornography possession. The indictments stem from an investigation by the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Cyber Crimes Unit (CCU).

Michael Alan Roberts, 56, was indicted on eight counts of child pornography possession, and Melvin Lloyd Speed, 70, was indicted on three counts of possession with intent to promote child pornography and eight counts of child pornography possession.

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Michael Roberts
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Melvin Speed

CCU investigators conducting a forensic analysis discovered 10 images of child pornography on a computer and digital media seized from the defendants’ residence. Investigators also found printed photographs of child pornography at the defendants’ home.

Officials with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the Office of the Attorney General after America Online (AOL) indicated that an e-mail containing child pornography was being sent through its system. CCU investigators subpoenaed the Internet service provider, identified the alleged sender and executed a search warrant on Roberts and Speed’s Richmond home.

A child pornography possession conviction can lead to between two to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count. Possessing child pornography with the intent to distribute can lead to between two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count.

For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.