Man in jail for distributing pornography to girl

WAKEMAN A man accused of sending disturbing pornographic photos to a 10-year-old Wakeman girl is sit
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

WAKEMAN

A man accused of sending disturbing pornographic photos to a 10-year-old Wakeman girl is sitting in the Liberty County jail in Texas.

Michael Latham, 28, of Nacogdoches, Texas, faces charges of receipt and distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to federal court records.

An investigation into Latham's behavior began more than a year ago after the images were traced to his computer, said Wakeman police investigator Josh Rice.

"We knew who it was. It was just trying to find out where he actually was," Rice said, adding that Latham traveled often for his work at an oil drilling company.

The FBI and Texas Rangers aided in the investigation, and Latham was arrested on a warrant in Colorado in June, Rice said.

The victim's mother first reported the crime to police in July 2007.

"She was online chatting with a friend of hers who had moved to Florida, and then this person had approached her," Rice said.

That person was Latham, pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, he said.

Shortly thereafter images of infants and toddlers being sexually abused filled the child's in-box. Other images portrayed adult pornography and bestiality, Rice said.

Investigators took two computers from Latham's home in March and found more than 1,000 pornographic images on them, police said.

Jail personnel said they are holding Latham without bond for the federal charges. Meanwhile he awaits arraignment Friday in U.S. District Court in Beaumont, Texas.

If convicted Latham faces up to $500,000 in fines and 30 years in prison, court records state.