TEXARKANA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – William Johnson Springer, 60, of Texarkana was sentenced to federal prison for possessing child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.
Springer pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2020, to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III. Judge Schroeder also ordered Springer to pay restitution to his victims, to register as a sex offender, and to serve a life term of supervised release following his imprisonment.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
“This repeat sex offender victimized the weakest in our community by viewing and possessing child pornography,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “My office will continue to find and prosecute those who sexually exploit our children by viewing, possessing, distributing, or producing child pornography.”
According to information presented in court, Springer possessed a cell phone, which he used to download and collect images and videos containing child pornography. His collection of more than 600 images included depictions of prepubescent minors, sadistic or masochistic abuse or violence, and sexual abuse and exploitation of infants and toddlers.READ MORE: Texas Grand Jury To Consider Charges In Shooting Death Of Protester Garrett Foster Last Summer
Springer was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and on Feb. 9, 2009, was sentenced to 5 and a half years in federal prison and five years of supervised release as a result of that conviction. Springer also has pending charges for failure to comply with registration requirements in the 202nd District Court in Bowie County.
This case is being 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.MORE NEWS: As Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Child Abuse Reports Rise In North Texas
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok.