LUBBOCK —  Michael Thomas Franks, 44, of Brownwood, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 121 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2015 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Franks was remanded into custody.

According to plea documents filed in the case, Franks used computers at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos of child pornography. In the course of his searches, Franks located, downloaded, and viewed numerous images and videos of child pornography.  

He also transferred some of the child pornography from his computer to a computer disk that bore the handwritten label, “Pictures Videos,” which contained one or more images of prepubescent child pornography.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (US CBP) Office of Air and Marine, and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy was in charge of the prosecution.