Suspect arraigned in county’s largest child porn case

CONROE- A former River Plantation resident indicted on 20 counts of promotion of child pornography with intent to distribute was arraigned on Thursday in the 9th District Court of Texas in the Montgomery County Courthouse, before Judge Jerry Sandel, and given ancillary conditions of bond.

Jeremy Ryan Parten, 29, now a resident of Crockett, in Houston County, was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety earlier this year following his indictment on the first 10 counts. Within a couple of days, Parten was freed on a $200,000 bond. Last month, a Montgomery County Grand Jury reindicted Parten on those 10 counts and indicted him on 10 new counts, for a total of 20 counts of promotion of child pornography.

Assistant Montgomery County District Attorney Sylvia Yarborough is prosecuting the case, which is in Montgomery County jurisdiction because of Parten’s residence at the time of his arrest on Dec. 21, 2007.

“On his computer he had images that depicted a child younger than 18 years at the time the image was made engaging in some type of sexual conduct,” Yarborough said. “There were 20 different known victims.”

Yarborough said Parten’s was the county’s largest case of its kind to date.

Parten was given what Yarborough said were standard conditions of bond for offenses the nature of which Parten stands accused. Among them was zero, or very limited access to the internet, through RemoteCom, which is a service that remotely monitors the online activities of probationers and parolees,

“Most of the conditions of bond were the normal ones, abstain from the use of alcohol, report to the probation department, work faithfully to support your dependents, break no other laws, remain within Houston County or Montgomery County when coming to see his probation officer…”

Parten, a member of an old and prominent Texas family, stood out among defendants in court on Thursday morning, wearing a neatly fitted suit and tie as he conversed with his attorney, Neal Davis, from the prestigious Houston law firm of DeGuerin and Dickson. However, it was not his first time in a courtroom.

Public Data shows Parten has multiple prior criminal charges.

In March of 2004, Willis Police arrested Parten for “driving while intoxicated, 2nd” which is a Class A misdemeanor. The charge was lowered to the Class B misdemeanor, “driving while intoxicated,” when Parten pleaded guilty and in November 2005, he was sentenced to 180 days in jail (suspended) and nine months probation plus a fine and court costs.
At the same time, Parten was charged with driving while license suspended or invalid. That charge was dismissed.

In November 2004, Parten pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and criminal mischief, greater than $1,500 less than $20,000, in Houston County. The charges were combined, and Parten was sentenced to 5 years probation plus a fine and court costs.

Parten’s trial is scheduled for November.

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