Provided by the United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Texas
Jeremy Daniel Labrec, 23, formerly of Lubbock, Texas, was charged in a federal indictment, returned late yesterday by a grand jury in Lubbock, Texas, with one count each of production and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Count One of the indictment alleges that in February 2011, Labrec persuaded, induced and used a minor male, under age 18, to engage in sexually explicit conduct so that Labrec could photograph him.
Count Two of the indictment alleges that between February 5, 2011, and March 17, 2011, when the FBI executed a search warrant at his residence in Lubbock, Labrec possessed a hard disk drive containing child pornography.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Labrec is currently incarcerated at FCI Otisville, New York. It is unknown when he will appear in Lubbock federal court to face these charges.
A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the statutory penalty for the production count is not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in prison and for the possession count, not more than 10 years in prison. Both counts also carry a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to life.
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, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab "resources."
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy is in charge of the prosecution.