BEAUMONT, September 29, 2017 -
A 34-year-old Lumberton, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
George Patrick Ashy pleaded guilty on June 27, 2017 to two counts of production of child pornography and was sentenced to a total of 420 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Mar.28, 2016, Ashy produced child pornography, including video and photographic images of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a prepubescent child. Ashy was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 1, 2017 and charged with child pornography violations.
This conviction will run concurrent to the state prison sentence of 25 years Ashy is already serving out of Hardin County, Texas for continued sexual abuse of a child.
This case was prosecuted 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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case was investigated by the HSI-ICE and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph R. Batte and Lesley Woods.