A former captain with the Grapevine Fire Department faces up to 10 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty for possessing child pornography, officials said.
Marty Green of Lewisville entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Don Bush in Plano. He also faces possible fine of up to $250,000. A sentencing date had not yet been set on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Green was free on bond Thursday, according to court records.
According to court records, he was arrested in 2007 as part of Project Safe Childhood, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice to catch people who use the Internet to sexually exploit children.
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Green "possessed more than 600 visual depictions of children involved in sexually explicit conduct which he obtained over the Internet," according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory of the Eastern District of Texas.
Many of these images showed children who have been identified by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The images "depict prepubescent children portrayed in sadistic or masochistic conduct," the news release stated.
"I'm not going to say it's unusual, unfortunately," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri L. Hagan of Plano, who prosecuted the case. "We do get a lot of possession of child pornography cases in this range."
Grapevine Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Jones said Green joined the department in 1982 and retired from it on June 5, 2007.
He had been a captain for about 12 years, supervising a fire crew at one of the fire stations, Jones said.
The chief added that he had not been aware of any problems involving Green, and that federal authorities checked the captain's locker at a fire station, but they didn’t find anything.
“This is not an impression of members of this department,” Jones said. “They are proud to serve this community in a professional way.”