A 44-year-old Texas man has surrendered to authorities following the return of an indictment alleging charges of distributing and possessing images of sexually exploited children, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery.
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Aug. 11 against Mark Daniel Malone, Rockport, Texas.
He is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby today at 10:15 a.m.
The investigation allegedly revealed Malone was a former high school basketball coach.
According to the indictment, Malone uploaded images of sexually-exploited children onto the internet. The investigation later revealed he had possessed photos of similar victimized children on his cell phone, according to the charges. Those images allegedly included children under the age of 12.
If convicted, Malone faces up to 20 in prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
Homeland Security Investigations and the Texas Attorney General’s Office – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation.
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