Man, 72, guilty of having 100,000 child porn images
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A federal jury in Galveston has returned a guilty verdict against David Paul Roetcisoender, 72, of Pearland, for distribution and possession of child pornography. The verdict was returned late Tuesday following a two-day trial and about two hours of deliberation.
In June 2012, authorities say a search of Roetcisoender's home in Pearland revealed thousands of images and videos of child pornography on a computer Roetcisoender used. At the time of the search, testimony further revealed Roetcisoender admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography since the 1990s.
Officials testifed that more than 2,000 videos and more than 100,000 images of child pornography were found on computers, hard drives and other storage devices seized by officers and used by Roetcisoender.
Prosecutors say Roetcisoender not only possessed the child pornography but distributed it on at least two separate occasions, but Roetcisoender attempted to convince the jury that he did not knowingly distribute child porn. The jury disagreed and found him guilty on two counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.
Sentencing has been set for November. Roetcisoender faces a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment for the possession charge as well as at least five and up to 20 years on each of the two counts of distribution. The convictions also carry as possible punishment a $250,000 fine. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Roetcisoender also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.
Roetcisoender was arrested on the federal charges in November 2012. He has been and will remain in custody.
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