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Pawned laptop nets child porn charge


Evan Webber, 23, of Jones Prairie was arrested after images were discovered on a computer pawned last year in Rockdale. Evan Webber, 23, of Jones Prairie was arrested after images were discovered on a computer pawned last year in Rockdale. A 23-year old rural Milam County resident has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography in connection with a laptop computer pawned at National Pawn & Jewelry in Rockdale last November.

Evan Webber was arrested at his home Thursday by a Rockdale policeman, an investigator with the Milam County Sheriff’s department and two officers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

He was released from the Milam County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Lt. J. D. Newlin of the Rockdale Police Department said the laptop was not redeemed after the specified pawn period.

“The people at the pawnshop had begun to clear the hard drive, in preparation to re-sell the computer, when they found these images of children,” Newlin said.

“ There was no doubt about it,” he said. “These were children, females probably about 10 or 11. The pawn shop people called us. You could tell the whole incident upset them.”

Newlin said he contacted Sgt. Jerry Meadors at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Meadors is a former member of the Cameron and Thorndale police departments.

Meadors and his partner came to Rockdale.

“After viewing the contents of the computer we prepared a search warrant for Mr. Webber’s home,” Newlin said. “It was signed by District Judge Ed Magre.”

Newlin, the two Attorney General officers and Mike Clore, investigator with the Milam County Sheriff Department’s Special Investigations Unit, went to Jones Prairie to serve the warrant.

“Mr. Webber was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography,” Newlin said.

“We also seized his cell phone and two other computers, items which were also believed to contain child pornography images,” Newlin said.

Newlin said investigators believe Weber had been on Facebook, and are investigating whether young girls were being contacted by him.

The charge carries a penalty of between 2 to 10 years in prison.


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