Child Porn Trial to Begin for Texas Cargo Airline

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal prosecutor says the founder of a South Texas cargo airline had online contact with 13- and 14-year-old girls that quickly turned sexual and graphic.

Robert L. Hedrick is charged with five child pornography-related counts. His trial began Monday.

Hedrick announced the opening of Pan American Airways in the fall of 2010. The company is based at the Brownsville airport.

Prosecutor Carrie Wirsing said Monday that Hedrick lurked in online chat rooms trying to entice girls to send him nude photos and sent images of other children.

Authorities later found 2,400 images of child pornography on hard drives in Hedrick's Brownsville home.

Hedrick's attorney, Ed Stapleton, said he would argue his client wasn't the one using the computer and he had made business enemies who could set him up.

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