Mission man pleads 'not guilty' in child sex tapes case

A Mission man has pleaded ~not guilty TM after being indicted in a case where he created a series of child sex tapes.

Luis Andres Cardona made his first appearance in the 389th State District Court on Wednesday morning.

A Hidalgo County grand jury indicted Cardona on a continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child charges late last month.

Cardona pleaded ~not guilty TM to the charge and is next scheduled to appear in court on August 29th.

The father of three has been in jail since May when Mission police first arrested him.

Investigators allegedly found child sex tapes in his home and on a home recorder he sold at a local pawn shop.

The whole thing was discovered when the new owner of a video recorder found child pornography on a tape inside the camera.

Cardona is accused of sexually assaulting a little girl for more than two years.

After securing a search warrant, officers found even more sex tapes at his home: one with the child and others with adult women.