Massive Texas child pornography case ends in 30 year sentence

Prosecutors eventually had to stop processing evidence in one of the largest child pornography cases Texas has ever seen. The defendant, a former police officer, will now serve 30 years in prison without parole.

The 65-year-old defendant already finished a 12 year prison sentence after a sexual assault conviction that involved a 13-year-old victim. He began the 12 year sentence in 1985 and moved to Texas after his release. He worked as a computer systems administrator.

When federal agents arrested him as part of a national anti-child porn push, the defendant admitted that they would find hundreds of thousands of images.

During the bust, agents seized 18 computers, 61 hard drives, two cameras, and numerous other storage media. The enormity of the defendant's cache required prosecutors to stop cataloging the evidence against him and simply proceed with the case. A federal prosecutor said the stash "was enormous" and that "it's the largest amount that homeland security agents have seen" in the area.

Despite his requests for leniency, a federal judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison followed by lifetime supervision. The severity of this sentence might consider the fact that the defendant did not register as a sex offender between his first release and his arrest in October 2011.

Source: My San Antonio, "Ex-cop gets 30 years for massive child porn stash," Guillermo Contreras, Sept. 20, 2012

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