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Marshall man gets 54 months on child porn charges

By Robin Y. Richardson Marshall News Messenger
Jan. 7, 2011 at 2:09 a.m.


A Marshall man and Gilmer man were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for separate child pornography violations.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward sentenced Corey Robert Collins, 31, of Marshall to 54 months in federal prison. Terry Don Briant, 49, of Gilmer was sentenced to 97 months on his charges.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas, Collins pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2010, to possession of child pornography.

"According to information presented in court on May 19, 2010, investigators executed a search warrant at Collins' home for suspected child pornography," the press release indicates. "During the investigation, Collins admitted to downloading child pornography over the Internet using his laptop, and consented to a search of his computer. A forensic analysis of the computer revealed 24 complete downloaded videos of child pornography."

Some of the material showed children younger than age 12 engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Briant, who pleaded guilty on Aug. 17, 2010, to his charges, also had material found on his computer, depicting children younger than 12 engaged in the same manner.

"On May 19, 2010, investigators executed a search warrant at Briant's home for suspected child pornography and seized several digital cameras and computers," the press release indicates. "A forensic examination of a laptop was found to contain about 86 videos and 17 pictures of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

Both child pornography cases were brought to court as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. They were investigated by U.S. Secret Service and Longview Police Department's Cyber Crimes Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice prosecuted the cases.

Two given 18 months on drug charges

Also on Wednesday, Judge Ward sentenced two East Texas men to 18 months in federal prison for separate drug violations.

According to a press release, 54-year-old James Everett Scudday of Jefferson pleaded guilty on Nov. 10, 2010, to possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Chadwick Ray Howe, 23, of Avinger, pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 2010, to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

The release stated from June 2009 to April 2010, Howe conspired with others to manufacture methamphetamine by purchasing cold pills containing pseudoephedrine in Harrison and Panola Counties. A federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment May 6, charging him with federal drug violations.

In Scudday's case, a federal grand jury returned a 33-count indictment on May 6, 2010, charging him with federal drug violations. "According to information presented in court, on Nov. 15, 2009, Scudday purchased cold pills containing pseudoephedrine at a Wal-Mart and a Walgreens in Marshall," the press release states. "The purchases were made in furtherance of his drug manufacturing activities."

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