Baytown man pleads guilty to child porn charges

HOUSTON Gentry pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. Judge Lee Rosenthal, who accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for March 30, 2010.

The federal charges brought against Gentry are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Innocent Images Squad, which was launched following a cyber tip provided by Yahoo! to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. When contacted by the FBI in 2007, Gentry confessed to possessing video and photographs containing child pornography on his home computer. Agents seized the computer and an examination resulted in the discovery of 135 images and 19 videos.

Gentry faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment on the possession of child pornography charge and a maximum fine of $250,000 as a possible punishment. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Gentry also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

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