Killeen: Man wants to plead guilty to child porn charge

Waco Federal Building. (Photo by Julie Hays/file)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen man told a federal judge he wants to plead guilty in Waco’s U.S. Magistrate Court Tuesday to charges he possessed more than 220 images of children engaging in sexual activity.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske accepted the consent to administration of a guilty plea from Mark Phillip Shock, who is charged with possession of visual depictions of sexual activities by minors, federal court records show.

The consent form entered into the court’s record in part reads: “I, Mark Phillip Shock, Jr., the defendant in the above-numbered and styled cause, with the advice and consent of my attorney, hereby agree and consent to be advised of my rights and to enter a voluntary plea of guilty before a United States Magistrate Judge.”

Manske did not docket a date for the plea.

Shock was arrested in Killeen on Oct. 3, 2018 and nine days later was ordered into federal detention without bond, Manske’s court records show.

A factual basis included in the court’s file says on Nov. 2, 2017, Shock became one of the targets in a Texas Attorney General’s Office, Child Exploitation Unit investigation into a particular user, “willowki9”, who was using Skype and who had uploaded several images of child pornography.

Investigators identified Skype user “willowki9” using an Internet Protocol (IP) address and subsequently obtained subscriber information, the factual basis says.

The Case investigation revealed that Shock was the source of the uploads, apparently from his Killeen home.

Investigators executed a federal search warrant on Nov. 2, 2017 at the Shock’s home and he admitted under questioning that he obtained images of child pornography utilizing the social media application KIK.

A forensic examination was conducted on several items seized during the raid and examiners identified approximately 889 images and 110 video files of child pornography.