Septuagenarian Indicted for Possession of Lewd Images of Minors
SAN ANGELO, TX – On the afternoon of February 19, 2019 an officer with the San Angelo Police Department was dispatched to the Best Buy Co. Inc. located off of Sunset Dr in reference to a complaint of explicit images being located on a customer's computer.
When the female officer arrived on scene she was met by an employee who showed her several images from the computers media storage that appeared to include multiple images of male children under the age of eighteen nude.
The computer was immediately seized by the officer at the scene as evidence.
On February 20, 2020 the SAPD reached out to the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office for assistance with the investigation.
Four days later detectives with the TGCSO spoke with the defendant, identified as Lynn Albert Rochester, admitted to possessing images of child pornography, mainly involving male children under the age of eighteen on his computer. Rochester confirmed that he had taken the computer to Best Buy Inc. to be repaired prior to it being seized by authorities.
On March 7, a crime scene analyst obtained a forensic image of Rochester's computer's hard drive where Detectives were able to search and categorize the images contained in the computer's media storage.
Five days later on March 12, detectives reviewed the report and all of the contents recovered from the stored media on the defendant's computer where seven image files were located which depicted children under the age of eighteen engaged in sexual conduct or lewd exhibition of their private areas.
The following afternoon Rochester was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Jail for the possession of child pornography where he has been held on a $70,000.00 bond.
On May 12, seventy-four year old Lynn Albert Rochester was indicted on seven (7) counts of Possession of Child Pornography which is a Third Degree Felony in the state of Texas.
Child pornography offenses for the transportation (including mailing or shipping), receipt, distribution, and possession with the intent to distribute or sell child pornography offenses each carry a mandatory minimum term of 5 years of imprisonment and a maximum term of 20 years.
Simple possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison, however does not carry a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. If a defendant has a prior federal or state conviction for one or more enumerated sex offenses, the penalty ranges are enhanced.
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