Texas man faces life in prison for creating, distributing child pornography
It was a worldwide investigation involving all sorts of law enforcement agencies, including Interpol. As Dianna Hunt reports for the Star-Telegram, the investigation led to the arrest of 45-year-old Timothy Whitington, who was indicted late last month on charges of the sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy and distributing child pornography on the Internet.
Whitington's case involves both state and federal charges - in fact, he was already in federal prison after a conviction regarding the production of child pornography - and the latest indictment will cause state charges to be filed against him.
If he is convicted on the state charges as well, he faces the possibility of life behind bars.
The far-reaching investigation also led to arrests of people in other countries, from England to Australia.
In Texas, sex offenses are taken very seriously. If you find yourself facing allegations of this type, you face not only criminal punishment but significant societal punishment, which seems to convict you of guilt before you've had your day in court.
When it comes to child pornography, any brush with it - possession, distribution, production, promotion - can lead to criminal charges. That said, the prosecutor must still prove your intent to commit the crime.
Source: Star-Telegram, "Euless man indicted in Texas child abuse case," by Dianna Hunt, 12/9/11