Dance instructor sent to prison for child porn

October 15, 2010 1:06:52 PM PDT
A Houston area dance instructor has been sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole and ordered to register as a sex offender for possessing child pornography. Lonny Aaron Lovelady, 47, of Houston, was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison to be followed by a 10 year term of supervised release. Lovelady must also register as a sex offender. Lovelady pleaded guilty to the felony charge in March 2010 and has been permitted to remain on bond.

The charges against Lovelady are the result of an investigation conducted by the Houston office of the FBI initiated in September 2009 after an FBI agent logged onto a file sharing program and found a computer offering child pornography images to share. The computer was traced to a Houston dance studio. Lovelady, an employee of the dance studio, admitted to agents to having downloaded and possessed child pornography on his laptop computer.

A forensic examination of the laptop lead to the discovery of 917 images and 21 videos containing child pornography, including depictions of penetration of a minor by an adult male and one involving bondage.


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