DALLAS — Quincy Lamar Poole, 24, of Lancaster, has been arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging distribution of child pornography.
Poole made his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Dallas and was detained pending a hearing set for Tuesday, July 23. Wednesday’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to the complaint filed in the matter, law enforcement executed a federal search warrant at Poole’s residence in Lancaster on July 16; Poole and others were home at the time.
Pursuant to the warrant, law enforcement seized computers and other computer media. Poole advised that he had traded child pornography with others he met on Internet websites. He also advised that during his 10-year obsession with child pornography, he had downloaded thousands of images of child pornography.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The maximum statutory penalty for the offense as charged is not less than five or more than 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.
The case 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, visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The matter is being investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is prosecuting.