Sugar Land Man Pleads Guilty In Child Porn Case
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Press Release

Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office

 

 

Michael Joseph Hall plead guilty to the felony charges of Promotion of Child Pornography and possession of the same on November 20, 2017.  The 27 year-old Sugar Land man then accepted 7 years in prison in an agreement with prosecutors.  Hall is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

 

According to Assistant District Attorney Michael Hartman, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a “Cyber-tip” from Skype and “Chatstep” that an individual was sharing known child pornography images with what appeared to be a minor in February 2017.

 

Sugar Land Police Sgt. Matt Levan, affiliated with The Houston Metro - Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) investigated the cyber-tip.  Levan executed a search warrant in March 2017 and found the defendant in possession of pornographic images of children.  Hall subsequently confessed to the promotion (distribution) of child pornography.

 

“Studies have shown that a high percentage of offenders that collect and distribute child pornography also sexually abuse children,” said Hartman, “which is why it’s so important to investigate beyond the initial pornography we discover.”  Hartman continued, “This case illustrates the importance of pro-active investigations in identifying perpetrators who would otherwise not be held accountable for their crimes.  And without consequences, these perpetrators will not stop.”

 

Hall plead guilty in the 400th District Court before Presiding Judge Maggie Jaramillo.  Promotion of Child Pornography in this case is a second-degree felony, punishable by 2-20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  Possession of Child Pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  Hall was eligible to receive probation and had no prior felony convictions.

 

Assistant District Attorney Michael L. Hartman and Katie Peterson prosecuted the case.  Attorneys Ken and Judy Mingledorff represented the defendant.

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