Monday, April 27, 2009

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Harris County Resident Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possession of Narcotics and Child Pornography

JUNCTION A Harris County man was sentenced Saturday to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography and illegal drugs. On Friday, William Allen Paulea III, 35, was found guilty on 15 counts of child pornography possession, which are third-degree felonies, and one first-degree felony count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver. At the request of the Kimble County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant Attorney General Heather Youree assisted Assistant District Attorney Tanya Ahlschwede with the prosecution of this case.

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William Paulea
William Paulea

On July 30, 2005, law enforcement officials responding to a report of disorderly conduct and public intoxication at a Junction hotel obtained Paulea’s consent to search his hotel room. Once inside, authorities found methamphetamines and arrested Paulea. A subsequent search of his laptop uncovered more than 330 images and 80 videos of child pornography. During the sentencing phase of Paulea’s trial, the judge permitted jurors to consider the fact that Paulea possessed a 50-page narrative describing the kidnapping and continuous sexual assault of a 9-year-old boy.

Paulea was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the 16 felony charges and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. He also is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Attorney General Abbott has earned a national reputation for aggressively arresting and prosecuting child predators. Since 2003, the Attorney General’s Fugitive Unit has arrested more than 1,000 child sex offenders. Prosecutors also have obtained convictions against more than 90 men on child pornography charges.

For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on child pornography, contact the Office of the Attorney General at (800) 252-8011 or visit the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.