LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A Plainview man has pleaded guilty to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.
Jacob Cory Penton, 30, was charged on January 12, 2022 with this count and one count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. On February 14, 2022, the possession charge was dropped in the plea agreement.
Federal Court documents show that on April 27, 2021, the US Department of Homeland Security received information that Penton, who lived in Plainview, had engaged in a chat conversation via an encrypted chat platform in which he was open about his sexual interest in children. In those conversations, Penton also admitted to sexually assaulting a minor.
Federal court documents show that from March 2, 2021 to April 15, 2021, he engaged in chat messages through the Kik app.
On August 2, 2021, officers also obtained a search warrant for its user content information. Kik provided the court-ordered information and investigators found 15 images of child pornography.
One image was of a four-year-old child. One video was of a six-year-old girl. Another video was of an eight-year-old girl. All sexually assaulted by adults.
He then shared the images and videos with other users.
On August 20, DPS obtained search warrants for his Plainview and Lubbock residences. They made contact with Penton and saw that he was in possession of a cell phone. When they took her phone, 19 images and 17 videos of child pornography were found.
His sentencing date has not been set.
Penton faces a minimum of five years and up to 10 years in prison, five years to life in prison after serving his sentence, and must register as a sex offender.
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