Central Texas man ordered to remain in custody in child porn case

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A local man was in federal district court Monday where he faced hearings connected to a production of child pornography charge he faces.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske first found Devontray Quintera Bass competent to face the charges against him, which include the child porn production count, plus another of aiding and abetting.

Then Manske completed a felony re-arraignment hearing on the charges and following that in a separate hearing ordered Bass to remain in federal custody pending further court action.

Bass, of Temple, was remanded into federal custody Aug 7, 2018 and ordered held without bond in a case that also involves Riheem Rexdual Robinson, a co-defendant, who also remains in federal custody.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A federal grand jury indicted each man on two counts of trafficking that individually involved two victims, both female and both younger than 18.

The indictment alleges the men acted together to produce child pornography.

One of the trafficking incidents dates to April 30, 2012, the latter to October, 2016.

The indictment details that in each case the victim “would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act,” at the defendant’s direction.

The indictment also explains the men coerced a minor “to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.”

Robinson did not appear in court but is set for a re-arraignment hearing on Sept. 18, Manske’s docket shows.