A man who was arrested in Kleberg County on charges of possession of child pornography was sentenced to seven years in prison after choosing to take a plea deal earlier this week.
Jake Rector, 23, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a third degree felony that carried a possible punishment of 2-10 years in prison.
Kleberg and Kenedy Counties District Attorney John Hubert said the case was a joint investigation with the office of the Texas Attorney General.
“The A.G’s office reached out to us to work with us to find someone who was downloading that type of information,” Hubert said. “All we had to do was match the computer and the IP address to the person downloading the information. So, we ran a search warrant and we were able to tie the computer to Rector.”
Hubert said the arrest, which happened in May, was for possessing “older and known images.”
“The weren’t locally produced images,” Hubert said. “They were ‘known images’ which means they are images that pedophiles trade back-and-forth. There were none involving anyone locally.”
As a result of the plea taken by Rector, the concurrent seven-year sentence also requires him to register as a sex offender.
“We like to work with other agencies to maximize resources because resources are limited, expertise is limited, and whenever we can get somebody else who has expertise in different fields, who has manpower and we can leverage that into helping us prosecute crimes in Kleberg County, that’s a good sign,” Hubert said.