HOUSTON – A 45-year-old Southwest Houston man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child otherwise known as production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick
Reginald Desean Love aka Tru pleaded guilty Jan. 28, admitting he had recorded a video of a minor female performing oral sex on him.
Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake ordered Love to serve 300 months in federal prison. In handing down the sentence, the court referred to his history of violence against women as reflected in his criminal record. Following his prison sentence, Love will serve the rest of his life on supervised release during which time the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the internet. He is expected again to register as a sex offender.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) works tirelessly to protect our youth from those who seek to exploit them,” said DPS Regional Director Jason Taylor. “In this case, DPS special agents—along with our partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office through Project Safe Childhood—were integral in ensuring this repeat offender no longer harmed the children he was preying upon for financial gain.”
In September 2017, a 15-year-old girl contacted authorities and gave them a cell phone that contained the video Love made depicting the sex act. Law enforcement conducted a search on two rooms at a local Motel 6 where they discovered another juvenile girl performing oral sex on an adult male.
Love was previously convicted in 2010 of felony indecency with a 14-year-old girl. As part of his sentence, he was ordered to register as a sex offender.
Love has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
DPS conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carrie Wirsing and Jill J. Stotts are prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.