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Texas Man Sentenced for Charges Related to Distributing Child Porn Via Dropbox

by Hunt County Theft Reports

A 51-year-old resident of Angleton has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

In 2017, law enforcement learned of a Dropbox account that contained what was suspected to be child exploitation material. The investigation revealed some of the material in that account depicted nude, minor children exposing their genitals and engaged in sexual activity.

Joe Dean Spradlin pleaded guilty March 11, 2020.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey V. Brown ordered him to serve a total of 155 months in federal prison. Following his prison term, Spradlin will serve 10 years on supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with numerous conditions that restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Authorities traced the account to an IP address registered to a residential address in Angleton. Spradlin was living there.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant and seized Spradlin’s HP laptop, which was found to contain thousands of images and thousands of videos of child pornography. Spradlin admitted to acquiring child exploitative material over Tumblr and Kik as well as storing that material on Dropbox. He even paid extra to increase the storage capacity of his account.

Spradlin’s collection included videos of unusual length. One video was over two hours long.

Spradlin has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations -Galveston conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Pearland Police Department.

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