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      Harlingen infant porn suspect met sex offender on MocoSpace

      James Leland Copeland Court Records

      Court records reveal that a Rio Grande Valley woman who allegedly sent pornographic images of a baby to a convicted sex offender met him on the social media network MocoSpace.

      Harlingen police arrested 22-year-old Desiree Lee Padilla on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge over the weekend.

      Court records obtained by Action 4 News show that young mother sent sexually explicit images of baby girl to convicted sex offender James Leland Copeland, Jr.

      The records show that Padilla met Copeland using the MocoSpace mobile phone app and sent the images to him on her cell phone.

      Sex Acts

      Padilla told investigators that she and Copeland exchanged telephone numbers after meeting on-line.

      At first, the Harlingen woman sent nude images of herself to Copeland but he later wanted her to send nude pictures of the infant girl.

      According to an arrest affidavit, Padilla complied and posed the girl while performing a sexual act on her.

      But Padilla claimed that she stopped talking to Copeland because he was going crazy and that he began threatening her.

      In And Out Of Jail

      Court records show that Copeland is no stranger to the law.

      The 41-year-old man was originally convicted in a federal child pornography case in Knoxville, Tennessee back in September 2005.

      Copeland was released from federal prison in October 2008 but sent back for a parole violation in April 2009.

      Authorities released him January 2010 but he was arrested in Morgan County, Tennessee for aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping in May 2010.

      Copeland sent more than a year in federal prison but was released in August 2011.

      Life In Texas

      Records obtained by Action 4 News show that Copeland moved to live with his sister in Hallettsville, Texas back in July 2012.

      Located in Lavaca County, Hallettsville is located about 142 miles north of Corpus Christi.

      The records show that Copeland was receiving government assistance from the Texas Department of Health & Human Services.

      Authorities first learned he was living there after he asked somebody for a ride home.

      That person called Hallettsville police if it was okay to give Copeland a ride back in October 2012.

      A routine records check revealed that he was wanted for not appearing in court for the Tennessee kidnapping case.

      But police also learned that Copeland failed to register as a sex offender with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

      MocoSpace

      According to the MocoSpace website, Copeland created a profile back in October 2011.

      But previously recorded video show that Copeland TMs user name that used a slang term for female genitalia.

      Listing himself as a single college, Copeland had 396 profile views and some 196 friends.

      In his profile, Copeland wrote with several misspellings, Looking for that special gal| THE one| who wants to be loved and have fun| someone who doesn TMt play games. Is she real? Does she exist?

      The convicted sex offender claimed on his profile to be looking for the woman of his dreams.

      I TMve been hurt in the past, so my heart is guarded but still there, he wrote on his profile.

      Company officials removed Copeland TMs profile following an Action 4 News inquiry but otherwise, still had not replied as of Wednesday evening.

      Court Case

      U.S. Marshals in Corpus Christi filed a federal failure to register as a sex offender complaint against Copeland in December.

      A federal grand jury in Corpus Christi indicted him in January and that TMs when Marshalls arrested him and found the images that Padilla sent to him on his cell phone.

      Copeland appeared for arraignment on January 24th where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

      Federal court records show that he TMs next scheduled to appear in federal court on March 8th.

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