Big Lake Man Arrested on Two Counts of Child Pornography
Alan Keith Stout, 47, of Big Lake was arrested Wednesday by the Attorney General's Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) on two counts of possession of child pornography. He is being housed in Howard County.
The Reagan County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation by securing the scene for the CEU investigators as they executed a search warrant on Stout's home and business.
According to a statement released by the Texas Attorney General's office, a CEU investigator received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which reported a web site containing child pornography was being hosted via an IP address that resolved back to Stout's residence and place of business.
CEU Investigators executed a search warrant at Stout’s residence and business resulting in the discovery of numerous images of child pornography on Stout’s laptop computer.
According to an affidavit for probable cause, Sgt. Paul Horn of the CEU executed the search warrant signed by District Judge Pete Gomez. According to the document, two of the images depicted female children (between the age of 3-7 years old) being penetrated by an adult male.
During a subsequent interview, Stout confessed to downloading and possessing the illegal images.
The charge of possession of child pornography is a third degree felony.
“One more dangerous individual is off the streets and behind bars thanks to the efforts of the Child Exploitation Unit and their coordination with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” said Attorney General Paxton. “My office will remain steadfast in protecting our children and our communities from the heinous acts of these child predators and continue to seek justice against them.”
As with all criminal cases, the accused is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
According to a statement from the agency, the Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by taking child predators off the Internet and putting them into jail. This agency proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and the Internet. The office utilizes the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators on the Internet. Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety.