TYLER (KYTX) - A convicted sex offender from Tyler has been indicted on federal charges of child exploitation in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Friday.
31-year-old Anthony Nelson, also known as Flip, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 26, 2014 and charged with transportation of minors, transportation, and penalties for registered sex offenders.
According to the indictment, in November and December 2013, Nelson, a previously convicted sex offender, transported individuals, including two minors, across state lines with the intent that they engage in prostitution.
If convicted of all counts, Nelson will receive life in federal prison.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) believes that there may be additional victims associated with this case. HSI encourages the public to report associated victims through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
This case is being prosecuted 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 is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations (DHS-HSI), the Louisiana State Police, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, the Shreveport Police Department, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the Tyler Police Department, the ATF, the DEA, and the Smith County District Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld is prosecuting the case.