COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) A Copperas Cove man was found guilty of five counts of possession of child pornography on Wednesday ad was sentenced to serve 10 years in state prison.
Judge Trent Farrell, in 52nd District Court, sentenced Kelly Shane Hooper, 33, of Copperas Cove, to serve 10 years on each count and then ordered the sentences served consecutively for a total of 50 years.
Farrell also ordered Hooper to pay a $50,000 fine, Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd said.
Police began an investigation into the case after a friend reported he had seen images of young children engaging in appropriate sexual behavior on an external hard drive.
The friend contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the hard drive was seized by Copperas Cove police, court records showed.
The report to the national group prompted notification via a “Cyber Tip” to the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit.
Forensic testing at the AG’s office revealed hundreds of images of children on the hard drive.
Hooper moved to Topeka, Kansas after he learned of the police investigation and there he was working as a school bus driver.
An arrest warrant was issued and within 72 hours Topeka police had arrested Hooper.
Police found more evidence of child pornography when they searched his Topeka motel room.
Hooper admitted to the crimes in both Texas and Kansas.