May 22, 2014

River Oaks sex offender faces child porn charges

Federal agents say Mark Anthony Pape, 23, produced a video where he was having sex with a girl.

A federal grand jury has indicted a registered sex offender on charges that he produced child pornography using a girl.

Mark Anthony Pape, 23, of River Oaks used his father’s name to establish an Internet address to upload the video, according to federal agents.

Grand jurors returned the indictment Wednesday, charging Pape with producing child pornography and committing the offense as a registered sex offender.

Pape, arrested last month in San Marcos, remained in federal custody Thursday.

His trial is pending.

If convicted, Pape faces a maximum of 30 years on the production count and a mandatory 10-year consecutive sentence on the sex offender charge.

Pape is accused of having a prepubescent girl engage in sexual acts with him and making a one-minute, 53-second video of it with his cellphone.

Federal agents were alerted to the case Feb. 11 by officials with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Officials there had received a tip from Google that a person was using an email address to upload suspected child pornography.

A technician determined that the user was in the Fort Worth area, according to federal court documents. The information was forwarded to the Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Records indicated that the user lived in the 800 block of Churchill Road in River Oaks, and Dallas Detective Greg Dugger determined that Pape, a registered sex offender, lived there.

Detectives found that Pape had used his father’s name to obtain a phone and Internet service.

On April 9, Fort Worth police Detective Domingo Martinez seized numerous computer items and a cellphone.

The phone contained images and videos of Pape sexually abusing the girl, according to court documents and the results of a forensic examination of the phone.

The video lists the creation date as Feb. 9 and appears to have been made at Pape’s home, federal agents said in court documents.

Federal officials released no information on the status of the girl.

Pape was arrested as a juvenile in 2006 in Guadalupe County for aggravated sexual assault of a minor, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records. The victim was a 4-year-old girl. He was sentenced to three years at the Texas Youth Commission.

He registered as a sex offender in Brownwood on Sept. 19, 2008, according to DPS records. It is not known when he moved to Tarrant County, but he verified that he was living in the county with the Sheriff’s Department on March 10.

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