Thursday, February 16, 2012

Former commercial pilot in Texas guilty of child porn

Federal prosecutors in Houston say 47-year-old Todd Steven Ewanko of Humble pleaded guilty to distribution and possession of child pornography.

HOUSTON -- A former commercial pilot faces up to 20 years in prison in a child pornography case involving millions of images.  Federal prosecutors in Houston say 47-year-old Todd Steven Ewanko of Humble pleaded guilty  to distribution and possession of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for May 7. Ewanko formerly was a captain with Colgan Air Inc., doing business as Continental Connection. He was suspended following his July 2010 arrest and has remained in custody. Officers who searched Ewanko's home seized several computers. Prosecutors say the equipment yielded millions of images and videos related to child pornography. 

An Humble man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Monday to distributing and possessing child pornography after authorities found millions of images on his computer and storage devices during a search of his home.

Todd Steven Ewanko, 47, a former commercial pilot, was arrested in July 2010 after the Precinct 4 Constable's Office in Harris County searched his home and found the images on multiple devices.

During the search officers found two laptop and desktop computers, 10 hard drives and CD/DVDs containing pornographic images of young children.

In addition, officers also found a screen saver on one of the computers depicting child pornography.

Ewanko came to the constable office's attention in June 2010 when an undercover officer conducting an online investigation noticed a computer advertising files for sharing that appeared to be child pornography based on their titles.

After downloading eight files - one showing a naked child laying on a bed on her back tied with a rope - the officer's suspicions were confirmed and the computer was traced to Ewanko.

Sentencing is scheduled for May, with Ewanko facing five to 20 years for the distribution charge, 10 years for possession and a fine of up to $500,000.

Upon completion of any prison time, Ewanko could also face supervised released for life, during which the court can impose special restrictions and prohibit his internet use.

He has been in custody since his arrest.

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