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Huntington ISD police arrest man for child porn at basketball game

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Eric Allen (Source: Angelina County Jail) Eric Allen (Source: Angelina County Jail)
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An investigation into a suspicious man attending basketball games at Huntington ISD has led to his arrest on child pornography charges.

Huntington ISD Police Chief Mike Jinkins said the investigation began Monday night at a girls middle school game. Jinkins said a Hudson coach approached him and told him about the suspect, Eric Clark Allen, 28. The coach said he had been banned from Hudson games because he was watching small children.

Jinkins said they kept a close eye on Allen Monday and Allen showed up at the gym again Tuesday night for the high school games. Jinkins said it did not appear Allen had been paying attention to the games, so he approached him as he was leaving that night.

Jinkins said Allen gave consent for him to search his phone, and Jinkins said officers saw what appeared to be child pornography on it.

"We then got a search warrant for the phone and confirmed there was child pornography on it," Jinkins said.

Allen was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Thursday, on a charge of third-degree possession of child pornography. His bond is set at $5,000.

"I would be very appreciative as a parent to know that this guy was picked up for what he was picked up for," Jinkins said.

Central ISD Police Chief Danny Alders said Allen graduated from the school but kept attending basketball games. He said after several complaints, Allen received a criminal trespass warning.

Hudson Superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker said Allen attended Hudson games last year and sat in the student section. She said police kept an eye on him and suspected him of stalking and taking pictures of students. Police told him he was no longer welcome on campus and if he returned, he would get a criminal trespass warning.

"He was just moving on to the next school," Jinkins said.

Jinkins said he is continuing to investigate the case and is waiting for forensic evidence to come back on the phone.

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