Deputy fac­ing 3 more felonies

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - By Brian Rogers brian.rogers@chron.com twit­ter.com/bri­an­jrogers

A for­mer Har­ris County sher­iff’s deputy ac­cused of pro­duc­ing pornog­ra­phy de­pict­ing bes­tial­ity is fac­ing three more felonies af­ter po­lice said a foren­sic search of his home com­puter turned up more than 200 im­ages of child pornog­ra­phy.

An­drew Sus­taita Jr., a six-year law en­force­ment vet­eran, was ar­rested Mon­day af­ter an on­line task force con­nected him to ob­scene ma­te­rial in­clud­ing im­ages of sex­ual con­tact with a dog.

He was ar­rested Mon­day for the state jail felony while of­fi­cers searched his home and con­fis­cated a lap­top, ac­cord­ing to court records.

On Fri­day, three other felonies were filed by the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

“These cases are very im­por­tant be­cause they ex­ploit chil­dren,” said Joanne Mu­sick, chief of the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s sex crimes divi­sion. “When the im­age is pro­duced, the child is lit­er­ally be­ing abused and peo­ple are trad­ing those im­ages.”

Sus­taita was re­lieved of duty af­ter his ar­rest, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff ’s of­fice.

Sus­taita, who most re­cently was as­signed to the Crime Con­trol Divi­sion, was iden­ti­fied as a sus­pect af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors learned of ob­scene on­line ma­te­rial com­ing from an ac­count based in Har­ris County.

The for­mer deputy was re­leased from cus­tody af­ter post­ing $30,000 bail. If con­victed of the third-de­gree felony, he could face a max­i­mum pun­ish­ment of 10 years in prison.

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