Child preda­tor sen­tenced

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A fed­eral judge has sen­tenced a South­east Texas man to 90 years in prison for sex­u­ally ex­ploit­ing chil­dren. James Rustin Ste­wart, 22, of Groves pleaded guilty on Feb. 1 to three counts of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a child. U.S. District Judge Thad Heart­field sen­tenced Ste­wart in Beau­mont on Mon­day.

A concerned cit­i­zen first re­ported Ste­wart to po­lice on July 11, 2009, af­ter see­ing what ap­peared to be child pornog­ra­phy on Ste­wart’s per­sonal com­puter, of­fi­cials said. A foren­sic exam of the com­puter found at least 200 pho­tos of mi­nors en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. Pros­e­cu­tors say an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that Ste­wart had ex­ploited at least three chil­dren.

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