Sex offender hit with new child porn charges

Gary Marcus Palmer, 35, faces four charges of possession of child pornography

April 16, 2012 10:54:27 AM PDT
The Harris County Precinct Four Constable Office High Tech Crimes Unit announced four charges of possession of child pornography were filed against Gary Marcus Palmer, 35, from Cypress, Texas.

This is the second time investigators with Precinct Four and the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force have reportedly dealt with Palmer. Earlier this year, Palmer was charged with indecency with a child after investigators with the High Tech Crimes unit were alerted to Palmer's alleged attempts at luring young boys with promises of alcohol, drugs and free cell phones.

Palmer, who officials say already a registered sex offender for crimes against children, has been in the Harris County Jail since late 2011 on a number of charges, including failure to register as a sex offender.

Precinct Four investigators were alerted two weeks ago by the Tomball Police Department about a computer in a pawn shop with child pornography images. Investigators were able to trace that the computer reportedly belonged to Gary Marcus Palmer. An exam of the hard drives revealed nearly 500 images of known child pornography.

Harris County Crimes Against Children prosecutors accepted four counts of possession of child pornography, adding to his current cases in the 178th District Court.

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