A 43-year-old Athens man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

U.S. Attorney John Bales said James Clifford Hendrix entered a guilty plea on June 2 to possession of child pornography, and was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison Tuesday, by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

According to information presented in court,on Aug. 15, 2008, Hendrix mailed his laptop computer to a computer repair business in Florida. 

During the repair, employees discovered images of child pornography, and notified law enforcement authorities.  A federal search warrant was obtained and executed at Hendrix's home, during which an additional computer was located, which also contained child pornography images. 

An analysis of the computers revealed about 42 videos and 49 photographs of child pornography.  Some of the material depicted children less than 12 years of age engaged in sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Hendrix was indicted by a federal Grand Jury on Nov. 4, 2009.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May, 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Hendrix had a previous arrest in Henderson County in 2003 for attempting to entice a child. He pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge in 2006.

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