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Former Katy Teacher Indicted for Possession and Promotion of Child Pornography

Yesterday, the Houston Chronicle posted an article about a former Katy elementary school teacher, Stephen Sudduth, who was indicted for possession and promotion of child pornography.  According to this article, Sudduth had 57,000 images of child pornography and 1,000 videos of sex involving young children on his computer.

According to the Texas Penal Code, possession of child pornography occurs when a person has some type of visual material, including photographs and videotapes, showing a child under the 18 years of age engaging in sexual conduct.  Possession of child pornography is a third degree felony, which is punishable by 2-10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.   Promotion of child pornography means that a person either promotes or is in possession of child pornography with the intent to promote it.  Promotion of child pornography is a second degree felony, and is punishable by 2-20 years in prison and/or a $10,000.