Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002

BOERNE MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN CHILD PORN CASE

David Rodriguez to Serve Five Years in Case from Kendall County

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn's Texas Internet Bureau and Kendall County District Attorney Bruce Curry obtained a guilty plea today from Boerne resident David Rodriguez, 30, for an offense involving child pornography.

Rodriguez agreed to a five-year jail sentence in exchange for a guilty plea on charges of possession of child pornography via the Internet. Rodriguez will also become a registered sex offender for life as part of his plea.

"As a series of Internet Bureau cases are reaching the courtroom, it's important to emphasize the seriousness of these crimes," said Attorney General Cornyn. "Decent law-abiding citizens are outraged at these crimes. That's why this individual chose to plead guilty and register as a sex offender rather than face a jury and risk an even greater sentence."

Curry added, "We are pleased with this outcome and the assistance from General Cornyn's office. As a prosecutor, I hope this sends a message to those involved in these types of activities that this will not be tolerated in Kendall County."

The possession charge is a second-degree felony, which subjected Rodriguez to a possible 10 years in prison. The Kendall County District Attorney's Office requested the assistance of the Internet Bureau and its prosecutor Grant Sparks and investigator David Torsiello in bringing the case against Rodriguez.

Torsiello and Lt. Jim Kohler of the Boerne Police Department obtained a warrant and searched Rodriguez's home last November, seizing a computer and related equipment he used in collecting electronic images of child pornography.

A detailed forensics review of this equipment by the FBI's North Texas Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Dallas yielded the graphic evidence for charging Rodriguez with this crime.

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