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Man guilty of distributing child porn from Trophy Club home

Windows were smashed during a raid Sept. 15, 2015 by federal agents and police at this home in Trophy Club. Jayce Craft was arrested and has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, federal officials said.
Windows were smashed during a raid Sept. 15, 2015 by federal agents and police at this home in Trophy Club. Jayce Craft was arrested and has pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, federal officials said. Courtesy

A man with a criminal history has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distributing child pornography from his parents’ home in Trophy Club.

In a plea agreement reached with a federal prosecutor earlier this month, Jayce Craft, 29, of Trophy Club admitted that he had distributed child porn on March 10, 2015.

Craft admitted that he had used his cellular phone to distribute images and videos of child pornography.

Craft, who is the son of a Southlake pastor, now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentence hearing is pending.

Craft had been indicted on two other federal charges, transportation of child pornography and possession of child pornography, but he only pleaded guilty to the federal charge of distribution of child pornography, according to federal court documents.

Last year, officials with Google Inc. alerted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(NCMEC) about child pornography on an email address associated with Craft. NCMEC officials contacted Trophy Club police who along with federal agents investigated the case.

On Sept. 15, 2015, federal agents raided a home on Alamosa Drive where Craft lived with his parents. Craft was arrested that day.

Child pornography was recovered in Craft’s bedroom and cell phones, according to court documents.

Craft admitted that he distributed a video of an individual performing a sex act on a young child.

Federal agents testified earlier this year that Craft was very hostile, confrontational, aggressive and screamed racial derogatory statements during his arrest.

Craft has a criminal history in North Texas. He has been arrested at least four times since 2008 on charges of evading arrest, possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated and making a false report to a police officer, according to Denton County criminal court records.

He was arrested by Roanoke and Trophy Club police and Denton County sheriff’s deputies.

Before his arrest in September 2015, Craft was last arrested on July 25, 2014, on a probation violation and released Aug. 6, 2015, according to Denton County Jail records.

He also had convictions in California and Oklahoma, according to court documents. In Oklahoma, he was sentenced to two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance.

Once he was released from an Oklahoma prison, Craft lived at the Trophy Club home where he stole prescription medications from his mother, according to court documents.

In October 2015, U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Bush ordered Craft to be committed to a federal medical center for prisoners for a psychiatric examination.

A psychiatric report on Craft was filed Jan. 26, but it was sealed. Federal criminal complaints also remain sealed.

Craft is the son of George Craft, who has been listed as director and pastor of the Abundant Grace Church in Southlake. The church is associated with the Abundant Grace Christian Montessori Academy at 1970 E. Dove Road.

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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