Karate instructor sentenced for child pornography
A 60-year-old Lumberton, man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Ronald Seabridge, Sr., owner of Brass Dragon Karate, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 27, of receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography, and was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison on Oct. 28, by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, in 2009, federal agents executed a search warrant at Seabridge’s residence/karate studio in Lumberton as the result of an undercover operation which determined Seabridge was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and distribute child pornography. Seabridge’s computer and hard drives were seized and a forensic examination revealed over 300 images of child pornography. Seabridge was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 23, 2013.
This case was 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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visi twww.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lumberton Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall L. Fluke and Christopher T. Tortorice.