CORPUS CHRISTI, TX—Corpus Christi resident Brian Puckett, 52, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison following his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Puckett had previously pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2012.
At the time of his guilty plea, Puckett admitted to the facts as presented in court. On April 9, 2011, Puckett was among a group of individuals identified in an undercover investigation by FBI agents as a person actively searching for child pornography images on the Internet.
With the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the FBI was able to develop the lead and obtain a search warrant for Puckett’s home in Corpus Christi. As part of that investigation, it was discovered that Puckett had previously been convicted of receipt of child pornography in 2004 and sentenced to 63 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. Although Puckett had taken steps to misdirect his online identity, FBI and ICAC were able to determine Puckett to be the person actively attempting to receive child pornography in this investigation. After the search warrant was executed, a cell phone was recovered which was later determined to contain images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Puckett to 10 years’ imprisonment and ordered him to be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life following his release from prison. Puckett has been in custody since his arrest, where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “Resources.”