A 67-year-old Mansfield man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to producing and distributing child pornography.
Charles Richard Burks was arrested in July and pleaded guilty to both charges in November, according to a news release from the office of U.S. District Attorney John Parker.
According to a criminal complaint filed in a Fort Worth federal courtroom, the Yahoo Electronic Crimes Investigative Team identified several Yahoo accounts in October 2014 in the Philippines suspected of producing and distributing pornographic material such as images, videos and live-streamed child-abuse content.
The Department of Homeland Security reviewed the team’s investigation and executed a search warrant to identify users in the U.S. suspected of purchasing the pornographic content, according to the complaint.
The investigation found that one of the users’ accounts belonged to Burks, who lived in the 1100 block of Wedgewood Drive, according to federal court documents.
According to a court document, on June 30, 2014, Burks sent a sexually explicit video of a female minor and an adult male to a user with a Yahoo email account.
On June 9, 2015, Burks used a Yahoo messenger account to contact a person in the Philippines who agreed to send Burks sexually explicit images for $25. The images were taken from a pornographic video featuring a minor female and a minor male.
Burks was arrested after the Homeland Security Investigations unit executed a search warrant on his home. In an interview after the search, Burks admitted using the email address and confirmed that he recognized explicit images of a young girl sent from his account.
According to the news release, the case was brought as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative to combat child sexual exploitation by coordinating international, federal, tribal, state and local resources to target offenders.
Christian Boschult, 817-390-7770, @CBOSCH192