The college football season is now behind us and we all have several months before the annual debate concerning the BCS versus a playoff system returns again. The University of Texas Longhorns certainly had a legitimate role in that discussion this year and I congratulate them again on a great 2008 season. I wish that I could turn our attention to another light-hearted subject as the work week draws to a close, but the reality of current events does not always allow for such topics. Instead I bring you Ross Huffman, a 24-year-old Austin resident who was arrested earlier this week on charges of possessing child pornography.
Huffman invited the wrong friend over to his house on December 23. Instead of being impressed by the illegal collection amassed by the alleged kiddie porn fan, the guest headed home and called the police department. He reported that Huffman showed him videos depicting juvenile males engaged in sexual acts, and that Huffman admitted the movies were purchased from a man in Russia who had sex with the boys. A search of the apartment by authorities led to the discovery of thirty-four videos of minors, with twenty of these tapes including boys under the age of fourteen.
Huffman has been charged with the third-degree felony of possessing or promoting child pornography and faces up to ten years in prison. He was released from the Travis County jail yesterday on a $10,000 bond. If Huffman is found guilty and eventually ends up back behind bars, I am sure no one needs to remind him of the reception that those involved in crimes against children earn from fellow inmates.
I have stated repeatedly on this blog that there is no more of a hideous crime than one in which a child is the victim. However, every person who enters a courtroom accused of a crime does so as innocent until proven guilty and deserves the full set of rights afforded in such a situation. At Bertolino LLP, we have experienced criminal defense attorneys who are ready to help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today if you find yourself charged with such a serious crime.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Posted by Tony R. Bertolino, Esq. at 5:14 PM