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      Man sentenced for distributing child porn videos and photos online

      Billy Joe Jeffers

      A Port Isabel man convicted for having graphic photo and video images of children has been sentenced.

      A Cameron County jury sentenced Billy Joe Jeffers to eight years in prison for distributing the pornographic illegal images and video on the internet.

      These children are repeatedly victimized when individuals distribute child pornography, District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.

      His flagrant use of the Internet to distribute images to strangers should be a red flag for parents to monitor their children TMs use. The Internet is a playground for pedophiles, he added.

      According to reports, an individual went to police after Jeffers sent video of a child performing sexual acts.

      Jeffers was arrested last November and admitted to receiving and distributing child pornography via a private chat room on the Internet.

      The amount of child pornography found did not meet the U.S. Attorney TMs Office threshold for prosecution in federal court.

      The case was transferred to the Cameron County District Attorney TMs Office.

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