Houston man pleads guilty to child porn

HOUSTON At a hearing Friday morning, Marvin Oscar Hunick, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. The Houston office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations determined that Hunick had paid for a subscription to a child pornography website using his home computer. In November 2009, agents seized several computers as well as printed images of child pornography and CDs containing child pornography files. According to authorities, during the search, Hunick admitted to having purchased memberships to child pornography websites on at least five occasions.

A forensic examination of the computers and other media resulted in the discovery of approximately 8,539 images of child pornography and 799 videos containing child pornography.

Hunick has been in federal custody without bond since his August 2009 arrest following the return of an indictment and will remain in custody pending a sentencing hearing set for February 2011. At that time, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment. Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Hunick also faces a maximum life term of supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and limit Hunick's the use of the Internet.

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