We are all rightfully disturbed when we read or see a story about a child being harmed in any way. These most innocent members of our society deserve a sense of love and safety from their families and the most possible protection that can be afforded to them by our government and its officials. While we are all entitled to equal protection under the law, we know that some extra care is needed for those who are least able to defend themselves. In San Antonio, one man who harmed children has been brought to justice and admitted to his crimes.
Matthew Phillip Lehr pleaded guilty today after the FBI found more than 100,000 images of child pornography on his computer. Lehr worked as a security guard at a local hotel and resort and took advantage of their wireless network to access the photographs. He has been charged with accessing networks in order to obtain child pornography and he faces up to twenty years in prison if convicted.
Upon his arrest in July, Lehr also admitted to performing a sex act on a 14-year-old, but he has not been charged for that crime.
While the origin of the photographs seized in this particular case is not known, the sad truth is that there is sometimes a family member or another trusted adult who is either a willing participant in the activity or negligent in making sure a child is protected from such a horrible violation. In these instances, the law can work to protect the children from those in their lives who are harming them.
If you have any questions about the protections that kids have under both Texas and federal law, or need to discuss a concern you have about a child in your life, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio. We have family law attorneys ready to help make sure that all children in our state are in safe and loving homes.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Posted by Tony R. Bertolino, Esq. at 10:34 PM