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Mexia man jailed for child porn

Date: March 20, 2008
By: Janet Jacobs

James Lee Butler, 57, of Mexia, an unemployed man who posed as a 14-year-old boy on the social networking site, and sent child pornography to a boy in Illinois, has been sentenced to prison.

Butler pleaded guilty to 10 charges of child pornography possession, and received five years in prison for each count. The sentences will be served concurrently, and he must register as a sex offender after he leaves prison, according to the Attorney General’s office.

Butler was caught after the mother of the 14-year-old Illinois teen saw the photos, and called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which turned the case over to the Cyber Crimes Unit in Austin.

The attorney general’s office handled the case, explained Roy DeFriend, district attorney in Limestone County.

“They have a team in place of computer experts and prosecutors and they come in and take the case from start to finish,” DeFriend said.

The Cyber Crimes Unit found more than 50 images and videos of child pornography during a forensic exam of Butler’s home computer. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Wannarka prosecuted the case.

“Today’s case is a prime example of how quickly child exploitation can spread from one state to another,” Attorney General Abbott stated in a press release. “Parents and children must remain vigilant and remember that child predators often establish fake online profiles in order to build rapport with kids. Thanks to an observant mother, this child pornographer who created a false 14-year-old online profile is behind bars where he belongs.”

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