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Child porn: Texas socialite, grandmother Erika Perdue 14 years in prison, videos

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When you hear the words “sex offender” or think of someone arrested, charged and sentenced to 14-years in prison for distributing child pornography (child porn) for 13 years, you might think of a pedophile male. He might be white, work with children and have characteristics that make him socially awkward. What you most likely wouldn’t think of is a beautiful, rich socialite who seems to have it all, including grandchildren.

Meet Erika Perdue.

No one may have been as stunned as those in Perdue’s affluent neighborhood that the wife of a prominent attorney was sharing and distributing child pornography and on a long term basis. According to a report by the Dallas Observer, when Perdue’s husband went to work, the convicted sex offender would go online and distribute and receive child pornography. According to authorities, she wasn’t charged with creating child pornography.

The FBI released a press statement regarding Perdue’s sentence.

You may read the full press release below.

March 17, 2014, DALLAS—Erika Susan Perdue, 43, of University Park, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 168 months (14 years) in federal prison and an eight-year term of supervised release following her guilty plea in September 2013 to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography. In addition, Judge Lindsay ordered Perdue to pay a $10,000 fine and $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as “Vicky.” The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

“A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment in May 2012 charging Perdue with two counts of transporting and shipping child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. Purdue has been in custody since June 2012 when the court found that she had violated its conditions.

“On January 4, 2012, a special agent with the FBI, and on January 5, 2012, an FBI Task Force officer with the Plano Police Department, each acting online in an undercover capacity and assuming someone else’s identity, launched publicly available peer-to-peer file sharing programs and discovered that an individual using the username “Classyb@#*h,” later identified as Perdue, was logged on to the network. They observed that the individual’s shared folder contained numerous files, many with names consistent with child pornography. They downloaded files directly from this individual’s computer, and several did contain child pornography, including one video of a man and a woman engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a minor child. That video is described in count one of the indictment to which Perdue is pleading guilty.

“A search warrant was executed at Perdue’s resident on April 10, 2012. She admitted that one of her screen names was “Classyb!@#h” and that she traded child pornography while her husband was at work.

“The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “Resources.”

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Plano Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.”

You may see a video report about this case above.

What do you think about women and child pornography? Is it something you feel is very rare in today’s society or becoming more frequent?

Charisse Van Horn is the owner of the Crime and Courts News Blog that features live, streaming trial coverage online. View the George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias archives or Oscar Pistorius trial live online. You may follow Crime and Courts News on Facebook as well.

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