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Carrollton Man, 30, Sentenced to 7 Years in Child Porn Case

A recent case demonstrates how dangerous it is for adults to have sexual relationships with minors, even if they are completely “consensual.” Last week, a Carrollton man was sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting to having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl.

J. Michael Porter, 30, was having a sexual relationship with a girl half his age. Porter admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Last week Porter was found guilty of one count of receiving child pornography after the girl sent him photos that were considered “lewd and lascivious,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Porter was arrested in July 2014, the Dallas Morning News reports.

It all started when the girl’s parents found a photo of their daughter kissing what appeared to be a much older man. When they confronted their daughter, she admitted to meeting Porter online. She said that she had been communicating with him through texts, emails, phone calls and video chats.

After finding out about their daughter’s relationship with Porter, the parents went to Garland police to report him. Posing as the teen, an undercover officer arranged to meet Porter at the “usual meeting place.” But, instead of meeting the girl, he was met by officers who arrested him.

After Porter was arrested, he admitted to knowing that the girl was a minor and said that they had sex on multiple occasions, according to the authorities.

Penalties for Possessing Child Pornography

In Texas, possession or promotion of child pornography is covered under Section 43.26 of the Texas Penal Code. Under this section, it’s unlawful to knowingly or intentionally possess, or knowingly or intentionally access with the intent to view visual material that depicts a child under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct.

Under this section, visual material includes photographs, vides, negatives, or any physical medium that can depict such an image. An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

If you’re facing criminal charges for a sex crime, contact a Plano criminal defense attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm for aggressive representation!