Crime

March 17, 2014

Dallas-area woman headed to prison for trafficking child porn

Erika Susan Perdue, 43, of University Park admitted to FBI agents that she had distributed child pornography every day for 13 years, according to earlier reports.

A Dallas-area woman is headed to prison after pleading guilty last fall to transporting child pornography.

Erika Susan Perdue, 43, of University Park, told federal authorities in April 2012 that she had distributed child pornography every day for 13 years, according to earlier reports.

She pleaded guilty in September to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography.

On Monday, she was sentenced in a federal court in Dallas to 14 years in prison and eight years of supervision once she is released, said U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Perdue was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $5,000 in restitution to a girl named “Vicky,” who was one of the victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She was arrested in April 2012 during an investigation that began three months earlier when an undercover FBI agent in Maryland found a public file-sharing program online and came across a person with the user name “Classybitch.”

That person eventually let undercover FBI agents browse a folder containing dozens of files of child porn.

They tracked the person to the University Park home where Perdue lived with her husband, and raided it with search warrants April 10, 2012.

University Park is an upscale inner suburb of Dallas and home to Southern Methodist University.

During the raid, Perdue admitted to federal agents that she had received, distributed and possessed images and videos of child porn since 1999. She said that she even shipped out images the day before agents came to her home with warrants, according to earlier reports.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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