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Two Men Sentenced To Prison Wednesday for Internet Child Pornography

By: By Paul J. Gately Email
By: By Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (March 2, 2011)—A man from Harker Heights and another from Colorado were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday in Waco after both earlier pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the discovery of child pornography on their computers.

David Baxter, of Harker Heights, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison, followed by five years supervised release and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment to the court.

Edward Glen Ponting, of Colorado, was sentenced to serve 17-and-a-half years concurrently on each of three counts, five years supervised release also concurrently on each of three counts, ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and a $100 special assessment to the court.

Federal officers caught up Baxter in an Internet child pornography sting while he lived on post at Fort Hood.

Officers used a file sharing software to determine Baxter stored images of child pornography on his home computer.

Officers served a search warrant at Baxter’s home and recovered his computer and found several files depicting child sexual activity stored on it.

Federal prosecutors say Ponting communicated over an Internet chat room with a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl but who actually was a Texas law enforcement officer.

Ponting continued to communicate with the undercover officer during August and September 2010 and provided photos of children engaging in sexual conduct to the undercover officer in Texas.

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