Harlingen man sentenced on charge of Child Pornography

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 63-year-old U.S. citizen from South Texas has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing of child pornography.

Charles Elmer Fankhauser pleaded guilty Aug. 28, 2018.

Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez ordered he serve 97 months. Following the term of imprisonment, Fankhauser must also serve 10 years of supervised release during which time he during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

At the hearing, the court read excerpts from several impact statements as demonstrating that this is not a victimless crime.

On or about Dec. 26, 2017, authorities initiated an investigation of child pornography sharing which led them to Fankhauser’s address in Harlingen. A search warrant later yielded a laptop computer on which forensic analysis showed approximately 33,914 images and 1,776 videos of child pornography.

Fankhauser was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

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