Former Lavaca County EMS employee sentenced to federal prison for child pornography
Aug. 4, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.
Updated Aug. 4, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.
David Waldrop, 56, of Luling, a former Lavaca County emergency medical service employee, was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.
Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey also sentenced Waldrop to 10 years of supervised release after he completes the prison term. During the hearing Monday, the court considered the lasting harm done to the victim as well as the need to protect the public, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a news release.
Waldrop had come to the attention of law enforcement when co-workers at the Lavaca County EMS discovered a thumb drive inserted into a work computer and saw child pornography on the screen. The thumb drive was later determined to belong to Waldrop. A second thumb drive was also discovered at the work station.
During the investigation, dozens of images of child pornography, hundreds of images of child erotica and dozens of child rape/incest stories - some of which appear to have been written by Waldrop - were found on the drives. In addition, investigators found numerous personal connections between Waldrop and the thumb drives, according to the news release.
Waldrop admitted to owning the thumb drives, according to the news release.
The case was investigated by the Shiner Police Department, Texas attorney general's office and Homeland Security Investigations.