A Royse City-area man, previously charged with possession of child pornography, has again been arrested on the charge and is being held in local custody.
Billy Lewis Malone Jr., 52, was taken into custody Monday following an investigation by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and Royse City and Greenville police departments.
“All the agencies working together is a great example of the necessary team work needed to solve these type of crimes,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. “I want to commend all the investigators involved for an excellent job”.
In September, a Royse City Police Officer conducting a routine traffic stop was provided computer items that allegedly contained images of child pornography. During the next two months, investigators with the three departments worked together to gather evidence pertaining to the case, which resulted in multiple search warrants on computers and a residence in the 9000 block of County Road 2584.
An arrest warrant for possession of child pornography was served on Malone at the residence. He was being held in the Hunt County Detention Center Tuesday in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Malone was charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography 14 years ago, and was placed on probation after pleading guilty to a lesser charge and was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
Malone was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in May 2004 on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a second degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
Malone eventually entered a plea of guilty in the 196th District Court to one count of displaying harmful material to a minor and was placed on five years of deferred adjudication probation.
Deferred adjudication carries no finding of guilt, although those defendants who are found to have violated a deferred probation are subject to being sentenced to the maximum punishment.
The charge was a third degree felony, punishable by a maximum sentence upon conviction of from two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the Hunt County Sheriff's Office, a female acquaintance, who was living with Malone and her son at the same residence on County Road 2584, found a disk containing images of child pornography on the home computer on Jan. 22, 2004. Later, more disks with the same type of material were discovered in a shoe box in a bedroom closet.
Malone was arrested by sheriff's investigators on an unrelated charge and later told investigators the disks belonged to him.