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Deputy Donald Dehnert, 50, pleads guilty to possession of child pornography after investigators searched his Kingwood home

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Nearly four years after his arrest, a former Harris County state assemblyman pleaded guilty Friday to possession of child pornography.

On March 29, 2018, Donald Dehnert faced three felonies for possession of child pornography.

The 50-year-old appeared before a judge on Friday morning, where he pleaded guilty to those charges.

Prosecutors say Dehnert admitted to having child pornography on a flash drive that was found when investigators searched Dehnert’s Kingwood home. He said he deleted the images, but forensic investigators were able to retrieve them.

The USB stick contained photos of naked children under the age of two and a girl who appeared to be between six and eight years old. One picture showed the girl apparently engaging in a sexual act.

“The warrant was based on an online undercover investigation in which the defendant requested sex with the undercover officer’s 5- and 11-year-old daughters. The defendant was read his legal warnings and agreed to speak to officers. During the interview, he admitted to chatting,” the prosecutor said in 2018.

Investigating agencies included the Grand Prairie Police Department, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Texas Rangers and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Dehnert is expected in court on Monday morning.

Dehnert joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 and was relieved of the duty, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

VIEW ORIGINAL REPORT: Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

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