Texas Airline Founder Sentenced In Child Porn Case

BROWNSVILLE (December 19, 2012)--Texas cargo airline founder Robert L. Hedrick, 61, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison after his conviction on federal child pornography charges.

Hedrick was accused by prosecutors of having explicit chats with undercover officers posing as young teenage girls.

The founder of Pan American Airways was convicted on May 21 on three federal counts and was sentenced Wednesday morning in South Texas.

Hedrick was arrested last year after Wisconsin and Louisiana authorities traced chats to an online account registered to him. Investigators said they later found he had saved 2,400 pornographic images.

Hedrick has maintained his innocence.

He faced as much as 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

He was also convicted of transferring obscene materials to a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of children.