A Nederland man has pleaded guilty to regularly downloading and viewing child pornography. Larry Wayne Ball, 67, was indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury on Oct. 24 for possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police had been collecting evidence of Ball’s possession of child pornography beginning in the spring and summer of 2012. It was during that time that detectives obtained a Department of Homeland Security subpoena for an IP address police later connected to Ball.
After executing a federal search warrant Oct. 1, 2012, police seized several storage devices where they found at least seven saved child pornography videos.
According to the affidavit, when police interviewed Ball, he admitted to using a peer-to-peer software program to download the videos.
Ball pleaded guilty in Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court on Monday, Dec. 4, taking a deal that would cap his probation at 10 years.
But Ball didn’t leave without some admonishment from Judge Stevens.
“Child pornography, even possessing it, is part of child exploitation. You further the harm to those children who are in the images,” Stevens said. “It further harms them and if you can’t figure that out, then shame on you. Other people have.”
Stevens said Jefferson County’s Criminal District Court will always hold those who hurt children accountable.
“You don’t hurt children on the watch of this court,” Stevens said. “Vulnerable children, whether its elderly, children, the disabled, those citizens are heavily protected under the flags hanging in this courtroom.”
Ball is set to appear before Judge Stevens on Jan. 6 for his formal sentencing. He has been free since posting a $20,000 bond Oct. 10. Ball must register as a sex offender under his guilty plea.