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Sentencing hearing reset for Lufkin man caught with child porn at basketball game

Eric Allen (Source: Angelina County Jail) Eric Allen (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

At the state's request, the sentencing hearing for a Lufkin man who was caught with child pornography while he was attending a basketball game has been reset.

Eric Clark Allen, 29, appeared in the 159th Judicial District courtroom Tuesday morning for a sentencing hearing. District Attorney Art Bauereiss requested the sentencing hearing be reset, so they could subpoena information from the Walmart store where Allen worked seven years ago.

Bauereiss said the state is trying to get the information to show that because Allen stalked someone while he was working at the store, he is a physical threat to others.

In 2014, Allen pleaded guilty to the child porn possession charge. On Dec. 1, 2014, Allen appeared in court to file an application for probation and a request for a pre-sentencing hearing.

Allen was arrested in December 2013 after attending a basketball game in Huntington. Huntington ISD Police Chief Mike Jinkins said a Hudson coach approached him and told him about Allen and said he had been banned from Hudson games because he was watching small children.

Jinkins said they kept a close eye on Allen and he showed up at a second game. 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.

Allen was originally charged with 13 counts of third-degree possession of child pornography.

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