Ken Paxton

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Attorney General Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit Wins 9-Year Jail Sentence For Child Porn Offender

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Cyber Crimes Unit, with help from the Fort Worth Police Department and Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian, obtained a nine-year prison sentence against Lawrence Codell (Cody) Mann, 23, of Granbury. A Hood County jury heard the child pornography case the week of Sept. 8.

Mann was convicted on nine counts of promotion and possession of child pornography for posting obscene images of children to a Yahoo Web site. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped Abbott's Cyber Crimes investigators about this posting, and investigators determined from his Yahoo "profile page" that Mann had created this "photo album" page.

A search warrant for Mann's home ensued in mid-January 2003. Cyber Crimes investigators and a Fort Worth Police Department forensics expert gathered electronic evidence of child pornography from Mann's home computer. Mann was indicted by a grand jury last February.

"I applaud the jury for recognizing that there should be no leniency when it comes to crimes against children," said Attorney General Abbott. "We're proud of the role our office plays in making sure depraved individuals like this are taken off the streets."

The nine-year sentence came after the jury reviewed evidence tied to three counts of promotion and six counts of possession of this material. Promotion of child pornography is a second-degree felony, with a punishment range of from two to 20 years in jail. Possession is a third-degree felony.