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Cuero man convicted of federal child porn distribution charges

April 2, 2012 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2012 at 11:03 p.m.

A Cuero man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of distribution of child pornography.

Archie Terry Howard, 33, pleaded guilty to the crime during a hearing presided over by Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey.

On June 5, a concerned citizen reported the discovery of child pornography being viewed by a house guest, Howard, on his cell phone, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

The Cuero Police Department officers responded to the call and made contact with Howard, who admitted he had been using his cell phone to acquire and view child pornography.

A forensic analysis of the phone led to the discovery of more than 2,000 suspected images and videos of child pornography and revealed Howard had distributed child pornography to other people on multiple occasions.

A sentencing hearing is set for July 2. He faces five to 20 years in federal prison.

He remains in jail pending the sentencing hearing.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, the Corpus Christi Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Cuero Police Department.

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