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Lumberton man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for child pornography

George Patrick Ashy

A 34-year-old Lumberton man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.

George Patrick Ashy pleaded guilty June 27 to two counts of production of child pornography for allegations dating back to March 2016.

Court documents alleged Ashy produced child pornography, "including video and photographic images of himself engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a prepubescent child," the U.S. Attorney's Office statement said.

He was sentenced Friday to 420 months, or 35 years, in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

The conviction will run concurrent with the 25-year prison sentence Ashy is already serving for continued sexual abuse of a child in Hardin County.

From the U.S. Attorney's Office:

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.

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