Mabank Man Sentenced To Prison Over Distribution Of Child Porn - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

05/13/08 - Tyler

Mabank Man Sentenced To Prison Over Distribution Of Child Porn

A former waste treatment facility manager investigated and prosecuted by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit for stockpiling and distributing child pornography has been sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison.

Harrison Havens, 56, of Mabank, was convicted in November 2007 on four counts of child pornography possession and one count of child pornography transportation. Upon release, Havens will be supervised for five years and will be required to register as a sex offender for life. Assistant Attorney General Sarah Wannarka prosecuted the case in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas.

"The 17-and-a-half year sentence handed down by Judge Leonard Davis holds this defendant accountable for storing and distributing images of child sexual abuse," Attorney General Abbott said. "The Cyber Crimes Unit will continue arresting and prosecuting sex predators and child pornographers. We are grateful to U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe and the U.S. Marshals Service for their continuing commitment to Texas children."

Cyber Crimes Unit investigators searched Havens' residence after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children indicated that he was distributing child pornography over the Internet. Forensic analysis of computers and external media confiscated at Havens' home revealed several hundred images and videos of child pornography. The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Havens in New York in April 2007 following his indictment on federal charges. At the time of the investigation, Havens worked as a waste treatment facility manager.

 

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