Thursday, October 13, 2011

San Antonio Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

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.


Unknown said...

I agree that innocent children should not be harmed. Children need to be protected. The only thing I try to remind people about is that though this person did something quite horrible that was just one aspect of his life. It was his addiction but it wasn't who he was. It's easy to overlook that in cases like this. I fully understand. This man killed himself before his sentencing in January 2012. This man was my uncle. Though he did horrible things I know he loved me and my family and I loved him very much.

Anonymous said...

I also know who this man was , I was one of his Victims in the early 1990's while he was in utah.His "addiction" made him a horrible person, his crimes started young in his life and it took over 20 years for it to catch up to him, when he committed suicide he has taken my voice as a victim with him AGAIN! I will never have the day in court to tell him how I feel about his crimes against me. Matt loved alot of things 20 years ago most of all boys about 14 years old.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry for what he did to you and that you never got your day in court. But I agree with the first commentor. He was my uncle as well, and it wasnt all of who he was. He had a horrible addiction and did bad things he shouldnt have done. But it was a very hidden part of him. Obviously for good reason. Growing up we never had a reason to believe he did this kind of thing and he was very kind and generous. We spent a lot of time with him as children and he was not overall a bad person. Again sorry for what happened to you. It shouldnt have happened.