A former Henderson teacher has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced Wednesday.
James Brent Malone, a 43-year-old former Henderson High School English teacher, pleaded guilty June 11 to possession of child pornography, and was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, according to a news release.
Based on information presented in court, on Jan. 10, federal and local law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Malone's Henderson home, according to the news release.
"A laptop computer and two DVDs were seized during the search and found to contain more than 1,200 images and 40 videos of child pornography," the news release said. "Some of the material included prepubescent children under the age of 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct."
According to a news release, a federal grand jury indicted Malone on March 27, and he was charged with child pornography violations.
The news release states that the case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, "a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice."
Investigating the case was United States Secret Service and the Longview Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault.