Local man jailed after downloading nearly 700 pornographic images USAO-SDTX
GALVESTON, Texas – A 40-year-old Alvin man has been sent to federal prison following his conviction for receiving child pornography, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced.
Timothy Alan Fortenberry pleaded guilty on January 19.
Today, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey V. Brown ordered him to serve 180 months in prison. The sentence will be immediately followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with a number of requirements designed to restrict access to children and the internet. Fortenberry was a registered sex offender who served a period of supervised release for previous federal convictions for receiving and possessing child pornography. He will again have to register as a sex offender.
The investigation began in June 2021, when law enforcement discovered a person using a computer that shared child pornography files on BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing system. Authorities downloaded a torrent file containing 694 images from Fortenberry’s computer and found images of minors with sexually explicit behavior.
On July 12, 2021, police placed a search warrant in the residence where Fortenberry lived. He admitted that while he was under supervised release, he bought a tablet that was on probation was not monitored. He used it to download and watch child pornography.
He further admitted that after doing so, he would reset the tablet to factory defaults to delete all child pornography.
Fortenberry will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be settled in the near future.
The Pearland Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Ann Leo prosecuted the case, which was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Justice Department (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and child abuse. The US Attorneys’ Offices and Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section head the PSC, which brings together federal, state and local resources to locate, arrest and prosecute people who sexually exploit children and identify and rescue victims. For more information on PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information on Internet security training, please visit the resource link on that page.