Lavaca County man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

A Lavaca County man faces up to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.

David Waldrop, 56, pleaded guilty to one count - possession of child pornography - of the seven-count indictment in federal court as part of a plea agreement Monday with the government.

Judge John D. Rainey will hand down his sentence May 5 after reviewing a report prepared by a probation officer, said Waldrop's attorney, Guy Womack.

A thumb drive that contained an explicit image of a Russian girl that's been circulating the Internet for decades was found at an emergency medical service station where Waldrop worked about a year ago, Womack said.

The employee who found it called the Shiner Police Department, and Waldrop admitted to the officers that the thumb drive belonged to him, Womack said.

The report prepared by the probation officer will include amendments by the defense regarding how the image found its way on Waldrop's thumb drive, Womack said.

"There's no allegation and no suggestion that Mr. Waldrop was distributing images of child pornography or that he in any way exploited or threatened any minor at all," said Womack, of Houston. "Mr. Waldrop is a good family man and has devoted his adult life to being of service to the community. This is terribly embarrassing for him."

Angela Dodge, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office, was not available for comment about why the government was amenable to a plea agreement with Waldrop.

Waldrop is out on a $30,000 bond.

Rainey also admonished Waldrop not to go to any place frequented by children.

The punishment for this type of crime ranges from supervised release, which is like being on parole, to up to 10 years in prison.

A fine of up to $250,000 and a $100 special assessment fee could also be levied, Womack said.