The Men Pleaded Guilty to Unrelated Child Pornography Charges
Three defendants in separate cases pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Lubbock.
All three defendants appeared before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings and pleaded guilty to various felony child pornography cases. On Friday, July 25, 2014 U.S. U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas made the announcement regarding the three men.
30-year-old Christopher Anthony Lovato of Lubbock pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography and aiding and abetting. He faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Lovato, who was released on bond, admitted that he used his cell phone to download child pornography images.
37-year-old Rocky Joe Williams of Littlefield pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography. He is looking at a minimum of five and up to 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Williams, who is out on bond, also admitted that he used his cell phone along with Google Picasa Web, a photo-sharing site, on the Internet to transport numerous images of child pornography.
Lastly, 23-year-old Parker James Chapman of Lubbock pleaded guilty to a one count of attempted possession of child pornography and aiding and abetting. He up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Chapman, also out on bond, admitted to using his cell phone to communicate with a person he believed to be a minor after responding to an online personal advertisement. The contact however, was an undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old female. Chapman admitted to requesting sexually explicit photographs from someone he believed to be a minor.
Judge Cummings has ordered pre-sentence investigation reports for all three cases. Sentencing dates for the men will be set after the completion of the reports.