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70-year-old South Padre Island man sentenced to prison on child pornography charge

(MGN online)

A 70-year-old South Padre Island man was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday for possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas.

Howard William Halverson will serve 60 months in federal prison and will have to pay $50,317.00 in restitution to known victims in his child pornography collection. After serving his sentence, Haverson will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Haverson will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

"The investigation into Halverson began as authorities were looking into persons utilizing peer-to-peer software to exchange and view child pornography," according to the news release.

On July 6, 2016, federal agents executed a search warrant at Halverson's condominium and found 1,488 images and five videos containing child pornography, 545 of which were of known victims.

Halverson pleaded guilty on Nov. 29, 2016.

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the investigation," according to the news release.

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