Friday, in the 221st District Court in Conroe, Thomas Stanton, 64, pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on three counts of Promotion of Child Pornography and 5 years on a fourth count of Promotion of Child Pornography. The sentences will run consecutively totaling a 25 year confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division for Stanton.
Several months ago, Investigators with the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force received a confidential “cyber tip” that Thomas Stanton was in possession of child pornography at his residence in Montgomery County. Investigators proceeded to Stanton’s residence and originally, they were denied entry into his home. When the Investigators were attempting to get a search warrant to make entry into the home, Stanton allowed the investigators to make entry and search the home. During the search, ICAC Investigators discovered pornographic photographs of a young child around 5 years old. Investigators were able to link the creation of the images to Stanton’s bedroom. Investigators immediately seized the electronic equipment from the defendant’s residence.
After a systematic analysis of this equipment, numerous images of child pornography were located and secured. The child was identified and found safe at a separate location away from Stanton. The case was investigated by Pct. 4 Constable’s Office Investigators Cory Arnold and Capitan Mark Seals. The investigators are part of the ICAC joint task force consisting of Montgomery County Constable’s Offices for Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, as well as the Conroe Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.
Cindy Pulcher, ICAC Chief Prosecutor, said “I truly believe that if the ICAC Investigators had not uncovered the child pornography, the abuse of this child would have continued. Once the abuse was discovered, the child was taken to Children’s Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization that specializes in helping and counseling abused children. Pulcher states “it is always a successful ending in a case like this when a child does not have to testify in court to the horrific things they had experienced and at the same time, our community is protected from a sexual predator like Stanton.”