BEAUMONT, Texas (KYTX) – A 70-year-old Daisetta, Texas man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Kenneth Claude Davenport pleaded guilty on Sep. 25, 2013 to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on Mar. 16, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Davenport's residence in Liberty County, Texas during which two computers and a hard drive were seized. A forensic examination of the computers and equipment revealed 20 videos containing approximately 1,500 images of child pornography.
These images included prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, including depictions of violence and minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct with adults. Davenport admitted to using the computer to download and view child pornography approximately twice a week. Davenport was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 20, 2013 and charged with child pornography violations.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.
Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Houston Field Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Liberty Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.