Crime

Biloxi man needs time before sentencing for child porn, using body cam to film girl

Ruben Ralph-James Masters
Ruben Ralph-James Masters

GULFPORT -- A Biloxi man who admitted to downloading more than 400 videos and pictures of children engaged in sex acts and using a body camera to film a naked girl needs more time to receive and review his updated pre-sentence investigative report prior to his sentencing, court records show.

As a result, Judge Louis Guirola Jr. set a new sentencing date of June 9 for Ruben Ralph-James Masters.

Masters' attorney, Rufus Alldredge, said in a motion to delay the sentencing that he had objections to the initial pre-sentence report prepared for Masters and will need time to receive the new report to properly review it and determine what objections to make on behalf of his client at sentencing.

Alldredge noted the case is a complex one and "there are still unresolved material factual issues remaining."

Masters, 42, pleaded guilty in September to federal charges of possession and production of child pornography.

He's facing a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 on the possession charge.

For producing child porn, Masters is looking at up to 30 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Masters was arrested in May 2015 in Biloxi after a cybercrime investigator discovered he was using an Internet file-sharing program to access sexually-explicit images of children.

When authorities went to his home, they found a body camera in his pocket and videos of naked girl in various stages of undress as well as while she was taking a shower.

The girl later told authorities Masters had filmed her before and had also kissed and touched her private parts.

The girl said she'd also seen videos of her on Master's computer.

Masters tried to wipe the child pornography images off of his laptops, but investigators recovered the images.

During the investigation, authorities found eight to 10 female victims featured in the pornography. Masters, the investigators said, had also accessed child porn videos with different labels, such as "Preteen hard core."

Biloxi police initially arrested Masters on a state charge of touching of a child for lustful purposes.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations got involved in the investigation, resulting in the federal indictment that accused Masters of enticing the girl into sexually-explicit conduct and had used the Internet to access and share pornographic pictures and video of children.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones is prosecuting the case.

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