Watauga man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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A Watauga man pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting and shipping child pornography, admitting that he had been downloading the images of young boys involved in various sex acts since the mid-1990s.

Walter Eugene Rogers, 33, entered his plea in a Dallas federal courtroom.

He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervision upon his release.

Rogers remained in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4 before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey.

Federal agents learned of Rogers through an undercover officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who conducted an investigation of persons involved in the distribution of child pornography. The officer identified a particular computer that was sharing images of the porn, receiving almost 400 files.

Based on that information, federal agents armed with a search warrant went to Rogers' home in Watauga in November 2011 and seized a computer, storage devices, and a bag of printed child pornography photos.

At the time, Rogers admitted to agents that he had been downloading child porn since the mid-1990s and that he was attracted to boys ages 9 to 12 years old.

According to federal court documents, Rogers told authorities that he had photos and videos of sex acts, bondage and other sadistic acts involving children.

Rogers even admitted to agents that he had downloaded child porn just hours before authorities arrived at his Watauga home.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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