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Yorktown man sentenced for illegal photography

By Sonny Long
April 21, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

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TEXAS PENAL CODE

21.15. IMPROPER PHOTOGRAPHY OR VISUAL RECORDING:

A person commits an offense if the person:

(1) Photographs or by videotape or other electronic means visually records another:

(A) Without the other person's consent; and

(B) With intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.



Felix Arguellez, of Yorktown, was sentenced to 20 months in state jail for taking photographs of girls at two DeWitt County swimming pools in July 2009.

Arguellez, 55 at the time of the incidents, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of improper photography and was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Stephen Williams.

"The maximum sentence is 24 months and he received 20. We are very pleased with the sentence," said DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard.

Arguellez will serve the two 20-month sentences concurrently.

Arguellez was first arrested on July 31, 2009, outside the swimming pool in the Cuero municipal park.

Photographs on his camera showed some close ups of young girls in bikinis. Also discovered in Arguellez's car was at least one printed photograph that had been blown up to 8-by-10 size of a young girl in a bikini. Some of the girls photographed were as young as 11, according to Cuero Police at the time of the incident.

After being released from jail, he was re-arrested three days later for similar conduct that occurred July 30, 2009, at the swimming pool at the Yorktown Country Club.

Arguellez photographed a woman and two girls under the age of 15 in the Yorktown incident, according to a news release from the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office.

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