Former San Angelo Police Officer Sentenced to Fed Prison for Child P0rn


SAN ANGELO, TX – A former San Angelo Police Officer will likely spend the remainder of his days behind bars after being sentenced for federal possession of child porn charges.

The following is a press release from the U.S. Northern District Attorney of Texas on Sep. 21, 2023:

A retired San Angelo Police Officer was sentenced to a term of 420 months imprisonment and a lifetime of supervised release for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.

Ricky Lynn Keeling, 62, was indicted in March 2023 and pleaded guilty in May 2023 to three counts of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.  Mr. Keeling was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge James Wesley Hendrix, who also ordered him to pay a $15,000 assessment for the Justice for Victim’s of Trafficking Act, and a $51,000 assessment for the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act. 

“Crimes involving child pornography are some of the most serious that the Department of Justice prosecutes,” said U.S. Attorney Leigha Simonton.  “For a former law enforcement officer to possess child pornography is more than shocking—it is despicable.  Our office will not let such crimes against children happen without repercussion.”

“We swear an oath to protect and serve and the sentence imposed today will ensure the community that no matter who you are, you will be held accountable for your actions,” said HSI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Lester R. Hayes Jr. “HSI Dallas will never relent in our pursuit to protect children from predators.”

"The gravity of this situation cannot be overstated and our agency's commitment to the safety of our community remains unwavering. Crimes perpetrated against children are of the most serious in nature and cannot be tolerated.  As soon as we became aware of these disturbing allegations against retired San Angelo Police Officer Rick Keeling, we immediately referred the matter to the Tom Green County Sherriff's Office and the Department of Homeland Security for investigation,” said San Angelo Police Chief Frank Carter

According to plea documents, Mr. Keeling’s roommate inadvertently discovered child pornography on Mr. Keeling’s computer.  The roommate reported the discovery to law enforcement and an investigation began. Mr. Keeling admitted to officers that he searched for prepubescent material up to three times a week and had been looking at child pornography since 2005.  

Homeland Security Investigations’ San Angelo Field Office and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, conducted the investigation, with support from the San Angelo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Callie Woolam prosecuted the case.

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A Po Po pedophile in prison...... I doubt he'll serve many months at all, cause he's gonna be a popular fella.

The local police have known how to pick winners for quite some time it would seem. Was he retired before 2005 I wonder? It's possible he was watching kiddie porn while he was in their ranks then?

Mr. Keeling admitted to officers that he searched for prepubescent material up to three times a week and had been looking at child pornography since 2005.  

NEVER talk to police, it can only HURT you. 

How many juvenile rape victims did he encounter in his job? He existed in their ranks unknown until retirement. I say that's bad on them. Somebody he worked with had to know or at least believe he was a pedo chester!

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