The Wharton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) recently reported that an El Campo man was arrested on a possession of child pornography charge at his home.
According to the WCSO, the agency assisted Law Enforcement Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office with the execution of a search warrant in the 5900 block of CR 405 in El Campo.
Jeremiah Joshua Pace, 37, was arrested without incident.
“The search warrant resulted in the arrest,” a WCSO Facebook post read on Friday, Oct. 11. “We are grateful for the tireless dedication of the Texas Attorney General’s Office in combating the exploitation of innocent children.”
AG Ken Paxton said the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office was involved in Pace’s arrested on one count of child possession porn.
In a press release, Paxton said a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified the CEU that Pace reportedly uploaded child pornography to an e-mail account.
Pace was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 9.
“When interviewed, Pace admitted to possessing files of child pornography on his cell phone and email account,” Paxton said in the press release. “Investigators examined Pace’s cell phone and found an image of child pornography and seized several digital storage devices to be examined by the Digital Forensic Unit.”
Pace was transported to the Wharton County Jail.
According to the Attorney General’s Office press release, using the latest technology to track down some of the most “profoundly evil predators online” has resulted in hundreds of arrests.
“Since its inception, the CEU has made 342 arrests and obtained 593 convictions on charges for possession of child pornography,” Paxton said.
In the press release, Paxton said he urges all parents and educators to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.
“If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography, you can report it to NCMEC,” he said.