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updated 6:38 PM UTC, Dec 7, 2018

CyberTips lead authorities to child porn allegations in separate cases

Screen Shot 2018 11 15 at 8.39.01 AMBy Chris Edwards

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WOODVILLE – Two Tyler County residents were recently taken into custody on charges related to child pornography after county authorities were tipped off by a CyberTip in each case.

Billy Cain, 55, of Fred and Justin Methvin, 27, of Colmesneil, were arrested at their respective residences by Tyler County Sheriff’s Office personnel who were assisted by the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit to execute both search warrants. The search warrant for Cain was executed on Oct. 27, while the one for Methvin was executed on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

According to a news release from TCSO, the investigators with the Child Exploitation Unit were able to verify the credibility of the tip and were able to determine the source in each case.

According to TCSO, Cain and Methvin were both taken into custody last Tuesday. Cain is charged with Promotion of Child Pornography and his bond was pre-set at $50,000 by 1A District Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker. He is currently in the Tyler County Jail.

Methvin, who is charged with Possession of Child Pornography, had his bond set at $4,000 by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. Methvin made bond, according to the news release.

According to the Texas penal code, the offense of possessing any type of child pornography in any medium is a third-degree felony. A defendant is guilty of a second-degree felony when he or she knowingly or intentionally promotes or possesses such material with the intent of promotion.

Penalties for these offenses include a range of 2 to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Penalties for a third-degree felony offense include 2 to 10 years in prison and a maximum of a $10,000 fine. In addition to these possible penalties, anyone who is convicted of an offense involving child pornography is required to register as a sex offender for life.

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