DALLAS — Quaylan Anderson, 25, of DeSoto, Texas, was sentenced Thursday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 293 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in April 2013 to one count of production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, in December 2011, Anderson met Jane Doe, who was then 13-years-old. Anderson admits that on multiple occasions between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5, 2011, he engaged in sexual acts with Jane Doe, and on some of those occasions, he used his cell phone to take photos of himself and Jane Doe engaging in that sexually explicit conduct.

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 case was investigated by the DeSoto Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa J. Miller was in charge of the prosecution.