TX Teacher Facing Federal Child Pornography Charges
Last Thursday, federal authorities charged 40-year-old Justin W. Lewis of Katy, Texas, with two counts of distributing child pornography.
The case gained the attention of media outlets across the state due to the fact that Lewis was a seventh grade teacher at Katy Junior High School and had been employed by the district since the 2004-2005 school term.
State and federal officials began investigating Lewis in the beginning of August after receiving a tip that his computer was using peer-to-peer software to distribute child pornography via the Internet.
According to the federal criminal complaint, investigating agents were able to use the aforementioned software to download multiple illegal images from Lewis' computer.
"The trading of it had occurred over a period of time. We tracked it back to his house, did a search of the home and did recover several child pornography items," said Eric Devlin, chief of the Harris County District Attorney's Child Exploitation Services.
Lewis was arrested by the Houston Police Department at his home without incident.
Subsequent to his arrest, Lewis was transferred into federal custody. His case was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice initiative designed to counteract the growing problem of child sexual exploitation.
If convicted of distribution of child pornography, Lewis faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000. In addition, he would be subject to a maximum life term of supervised released and be required to register as a sex offender.
All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Stay tuned for further developments ...
& Katy Teacher Accused of Trading Child Porn (KTRK-TV)
& Katy Junior High Teacher Arrested on Child Porn Charges (The Katy Times)