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HOUSTON — A Texas man was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison Tuesday for sexual exploitation of children, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography following an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in Galveston, Texas, and the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Benjamen Charles Slaughter, a 24-year-old resident of Friendswood, Texas, pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 4, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Following his sentence, Slaughter will be on supervised release for the rest of his life, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He was also ordered to pay $15,300 in special assessments and to register as a sex offender.
Slaughter met the then 15-year-old female victim through the social media website Skout, during which time he convinced her to become his “submissive.” Slaughter was actively involved in the bondage, discipline, dominance and submission world and had frequented the website Collarspace, a site for similarly minded individuals. Slaughter demanded one victim to engage in sex with strangers and wanted her to do so without using protection.
Slaughter began receiving child pornography prior to becoming an adult and created a Dropbox account to store some of his collection. After receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), law enforcement executed search warrants at Slaughter’s residence and for his social media and online storage accounts. The searches revealed numerous images of child pornography, some of which involved babies and toddlers in provocative situations with animals and adult male genitalia.
Slaughter will remain in custody, where he has been since being determined a flight risk and danger to the community, pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack prosecuted the case.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.
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