Two Men Plead Guilty to Child Pornography Charges in Unrelated Cases in the Northern District of Texas
Two men have pleaded guilty to child pornography charges before District Judge Sam Cummings of the Northern District of Texas in unrelated cases.
Scott Brandon Hutchenson of Lubbock plead guilty on Friday, August 29, to one count of transportation of child pornography. Hutcheson faces a statutory penalty of not less than five years or more than 20 years in federal prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to a lifetime of supervised release.
According to court documents, in January 2014, 37-year-old Hutcheson sent illicit photographs to the wife of a childhood classmate. The image had been modified to depict the recipient’s child in a sexually explicit way. The case was investigated by the Lubbock Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Sucsy is prosecuting.
The second defendant is former Phoenix, Arizona, resident Gregory James Flohr. Flohr also pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of possession of child pornography and one count of transportation of child pornography. The 54-year-old faces a statutory penalty of from five years to 30 years in federal prison, and a $500,000 fine.
According to court documents, Flohr knowingly traveled from Arizona to Texas with videos depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct as well as possessing a cellphone that contained child pornography. The investigation in Flohr’s activities began on July 2 after Flohr entered a T-Mobile store with the unidentified minor female and gave employees access to his Google Gmail account to facilitate a data transfer between phones. An employee noticed elicit content on the account and notified Lubbock Police.
Judge Cummings has ordered presentencing investigation reports conducted on each case and will set sentencing dates for the men after receiving said reports.
Both cases were investigated as part of Project Safe Childhood which was launched nationwide in May of 2006 by the Department of Justice. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit their website.