TYLER, Texas – A 25-year-old Palestine, Texas man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Joshua Quick pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography today before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell.
According to information presented in court, on Sep. 14, 2013, Quick received child pornography on a computer after using the computer to solicit the participation of a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct persuading the minor to produce images depicting child pornography. Quick was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 26, 2014.
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. 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.
Quick faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Urbandale, Iowa Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.