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Texas Teacher Arrested with Over 14K Files of Child Porn

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A substitute teacher in Crowley, Texas, was arrested last week for possessing thousands of images of child porn, according to court records.

Authorities executed a search warrant for Christopher Immanuel Allen’s residence on May 26 and uncovered more than 14,000 files of child pornography on electronic devices, according to court records.

Allegedly, Allen used the internet-based peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing platform at his residence to distribute child porn files. Law enforcement has had an ongoing investigation into the sharing of child pornography on the P2P platform since 2011.

During his arrest, court records show police asked Allen if he had any idea why his house was being searched. He allegedly said, “I’m thinking there are things related to kids that I might have come in contact with on the Internet that were less than savory.”

However, Allen denied using the P2P system in question.

The investigation revealed that Allen’s iPhone had more than 1,000 images and video files of child pornography in a “hidden” folder, according to WFAA. Among the files allegedly found were anime depicting child sexual abuse. In a “recently deleted” folder, law enforcement reportedly found more than 13,000 similar files, according to court records.

Allen worked as a substitute teacher for grades three through five and as a lunchroom monitor. Police reports indicate that he admitted to being aroused by female students at the school. The court documents omitted his place of employment.

Allen faces one count of possession or promotion of child pornography.

The federal child pornography charges indicate that it is illegal to produce, distribute, or possess any child pornography. Possessing child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If a previous conviction of possessing child pornography exists, the offense is a second-degree felony punishable by 20 years in prison. A third or subsequent child pornography conviction can include penalties of up to 99 years in prison.

The Dallas Express reached out to Allen’s attorney, Russell Wilson, who did not return calls.

For more Dallas crime-related news, see how Dallas City Councilmember Chad West of District 1 was named The Dallas Express’ Crime Boss of the Month for August 2022.

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