HOUSTON – A 33-year-old man from Duncanville has been
ordered to prison following his convictions for receipt and possession of child
pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. William Sonak pleaded
guilty June 26, 2017.
Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner imposed a total
96-month term of imprisonment. Following completion of his prison term, he 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.
This case originated in September 2015 when the FBI received
information from a general manager at a Computer Hospital store located in
Houston that a laptop computer had been submitted for repairs that contained
child pornography. While performing repairs, the technician came across
multiple images of child pornography.
A forensic examination of the computer later revealed the
laptop contained approximately 2,640 images and 811 videos of child
At the time of his plea, Sonak said that he was sorry for
Sonak will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie N. Searle prosecuted the case,
which 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 visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For
more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab