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Investigator: Lufkin man caught with child porn fits sexual predator profile

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Lufkin man was in court Monday to find out his punishment after pleading guilty to more than a dozen counts of child pornography.

Eric Clark Allen was caught with pornography on his phone back in December 2013.

On Monday, Allen was in an Angelina County courtroom to face child pornography charges. Investigator Mike Jones with Huntington Independent School District was the first witness called to the stand.

“We indicted him for 13 counts,” Jones said. “ I strongly feel that there was a lot more than he was indicted for."

Jones said they could only prove that a roughly dozen of those images were children. He went on to say that Allen is not worthy of probation. Jones has worked in law enforcement for 17 years, and he said, in his opinion, Allen fits the profile of a sexual predator.

"When we looked at the phone, he did have hundreds of pornographic images on it. I am talking about individuals 13 years of age with the youngest being an infant," Jones said.

Defense attorney Jerry Whiteker said this is Allen's first offense, and he believe he should get probation.

"My client is a very introspect individual,” Whiteker said. “He is very harmless and a low risk."

To contradict Jones' testimony, Whiteker called counselor Jean Stanley to the stand to give the results of Allen's forensic mental health evaluation.

Dr. Stanley told the courtroom that Allen scored a 15 on a Cognitive Distortion Scale that measures responses to particular scenarios that have been shown through research to be consistent with individuals involved with children.

She then explained that the results suggest that Allen is at a low risk when it came to engaging with children.

This was just one of several components of the sexual interest assessment. However, District Attorney Art Bauereiss then pointed out that Allen acted out when he attended the games. Jones agreed and further explained.

"He had also facebooked people who were underage,” Jones said. 

Judge Paul White recessed the sentence hearing for later on this week.

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