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Man pleads guilty in child porn case

February 16, 2012

A 36-year-old Coahoma man pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography in federal court in Abilene Tuesday, with sentencing to take place at a later date.

Kerry Wayne Feaster — who lived in the 400 block of College Street in Coahoma at the time of his arrest in September — faces a statutory sentence of between five and 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release, said officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Texas.

According to court records, Feaster used the texting feature on a mobile phone to initiate contact with an 11-year-old child. However, the child's parent saw the text messages and assumed the identity of the child, at which time they determined Feaster's intentions were inappropriate.

The criminal complaint filed with law enforcement indicates the matter was originally presented to the Howard County Sheriff's Office.

“The HSI (Homeland Security Investigation) investigation was pursuant to a complaint, initially received by the Howard County Sheriff's Office ... that Kerry Wayne Feaster sent images of child pornography, via cellular telephone text messaging, to an 11-year-old juvenile male,” the complaint reads. “On Sept. 19, HSI ASAC San Angelo (received) the 11-year-old juvenile male's cellular telephone, and with consent from the juvenile's parent, began to communicate with Kerry Wayne Feaster in an undercover capacity, posing as the 11-year-old juvenile.”

The complaint affidavit — filed by Michael Brunet Jr., a special agent with the Homeland Security Investigations San Angelo office — alleged Feaster forwarded several images depicting pubescent males under the age of 18 years engaged in sexual intercourse and engaged in “lascivious exhibition of their genitals and pubic areas” by way of text message.

The affidavit also alleged Feaster, during his text message communications with the undercover agent, claimed to have engaged in sexual relations with juveniles in the past.

”Feaster then stated that he performed oral sex on many boys who were between 12 and 13 years old,” the affidavit reads. “Feaster was notified by text that the juvenile he currently communicated with was only 11 years old and added that, in the past, he performed oral sex on an 11-year-old as well.”

A summons was served by the Department of Homeland Security to Sprint Corporate Security Sept. 20, verifying the phone number the images was sent from had belonged to Feaster since Sept. 20, 2007, the complaint reveals.

According to the affidavit, the alleged contact between Feaster and the 11-year-old male victim took place between Aug. 16 and Sept. 19. Feaster was taken into custody Sept. 27.

Court officials said a date has not been set for sentencing in the case.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office and the Big Spring Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas announced the plea.

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