Superseding Indictment Containing Federal Child Pornography And Firearms Charges Filed Against President of Nature's Sanctuary in Presidio 9/14/12
United States Attorney Robert Pitman
Western District of Texas
September 14, 2012
A federal grand jury in Pecos, Texas, yesterday returned a superseding indictment against 64–year-old Clyde
Rudolph Allen, Jr., President of Nature’s Sanctuary in Presidio, Texas, charging him with various child
pornography and firearms related offenses announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Immigration
and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis
According to court documents, Allen was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers while
attempting to enter into the United States through the Port of Entry in Presidio on February 29, 2012. During an
inspection, officials discovered two cell phones, one of which contained an image of a minor engaged in
sexually explicit conduct. Further inspection revealed that Allen allegedly texted the image to the other cell
phone, then forwarded the image to an email address related to Nature’s Sanctuary. Authorities subsequently
executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and discovered several rifles, a handgun as well as an
assortment of ammunition. Previously, Allen has been convicted of numerous offenses to include Interstate
Transportation of a stolen motor vehicle and convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The nine-count superseding indictment charges Allen with one count of traveling in interstate commerce for the
purpose of engaging in any illicit sexual conduct with a minor; one count of knowingly transporting a minor
with the intent that the minor engage in sexually explicit activity; three counts of production of child
pornography; one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography; one count of possession of child
pornography; and, two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, namely a Remington 1100
Shotgun and a Marlin 336 Rifle. The superseding indictment also contains a notice of criminal forfeiture
whereby the Government is seeking to forfeit the defendant’s residence as well as the firearms and ammunition
seized at the time the search warrant was executed.
Allen remains in federal custody. No trial date has been scheduled. Upon conviction, Allen faces up to 30
years imprisonment for each transportation charge; between 15 and 30 years imprisonment for each child
pornography production charge; between five and 20 years imprisonment for receipt of child pornography; up
to ten years imprisonment for possession of child pornography; and, up to ten years imprisonment for each felon
in possession of a firearm charge.
This case was investigated by ICE-HSI agents with assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol, Presidio Police
Department, Presidio County Sheriff’s Office and the Presidio County Juvenile Probation Office. Assistant
United States Attorney Monty Kimball is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is
presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.