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!