Rex D. McBride, 44, has been ordered to prison for possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. McBride pleaded guilty Sept. 18, 2013.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey considered the seriousness of the crime and sentenced McBride to a total of 63 months in federal prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release.

On Nov. 12, 2012, Corpus Christi Police Department – Internet Crimes Against Children (CCPD-ICAC) detectives were conducting an undercover investigation into persons trading child pornography on the Gnutella network. At that time, detectives identified an online user, later identified as McBride, who was offering child pornography for distribution. On three occasions in late 2012, detectives successfully downloaded child pornography from McBride.

On March 20, 2013, a search warrant was executed, during which McBride admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography on the Internet through file sharing software. A forensic evaluation of McBride’s computer led to the discovery of nearly 1500 images of child pornography.

Homeland Security Investigations and CCPD-ICAC investigated.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lance Duke, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please For more information about internet safety education, please and click on the tab “resources.”