A convicted sex offender from River Oaks has pleaded guilty to federal charges of producing child pornography involving a 6-year-old girl.
Mark Anthony Pape, 24, used his father’s name to establish an Internet address to publish a video last year, federal prosecutors said.
On Pape’s cellphone, investigators found images and a video of Pape sexually assaulting the girl, according to court documents. The video had the creation date of Feb. 9, 2014, and appeared to have been made at Pape’s home, federal investigators said.
Federal officials released no information about the girl.
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Pape was arrested last year in San Marcos. He pleaded guilty Monday to one count of production of child pornography and one count of enhanced penalties for registered sex offenders.
Pape’s sentencing was set for August. The maximum sentences are 30 years in the child porn case and 10 years for the sex offender violations.
He remained in federal custody Tuesday.
Pape admitted to forcing the girl to engage in sex acts with him and to making the one-minute-53-second video with his cellphone, according to court documents.
On Feb. 11, 2014, the staff of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted federal officials to a tip from Google that someone was using an email address to upload child pornography. A technician determined that the user was in the Fort Worth area, the documents say. The information was forwarded to the Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
The user’s address was in the 800 block of Churchill Road in River Oaks, and Dallas police Detective Greg Dugger determined that Pape, a registered sex offender, lived there. Investigators 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. Forensic investigators found the video on the cellphone.
In 2006, Pape was arrested as a juvenile in Guadalupe County for the aggravated sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records. He was sentenced to three years in 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 on March 10, he registered with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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