Child predator sentenced
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.