Ex-Texas cop convicted of distributing child pornography

A 39-year-old former police officer from Denton, Texas was sentenced Thursday to 121 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography while working in law enforcement.

A 39-year-old former police officer from Denton, Texas was sentenced Thursday to 121 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography while working in law enforcement.

A former Denton police officer was sentenced Thursday to more than 10 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography while in law enforcement.

U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant ordered the 121-month sentence for David Schoolcraft, 39, of Argyle.

Schoolcraft was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 10, 2021 in the Eastern District of Texas. He pleaded guilty on December 28, 2021 to possession of child pornography.

“Children are the most precious and vulnerable members of our society, and justice and basic human decency demand that we do everything in our power to protect them from harm,” the U.S. District Attorney said. Eastern Texas, Brit Featherston, in a press release. “Schoolcraft violated his oath of office as a police officer and the trust of our community, and instead of protecting children, he took pleasure in seeing children being sexually exploited and harmed. While no amount of punishment can compensate for the pain he has caused, this sentence should warn everyone that the Eastern District of Texas will not tolerate this behavior.

An investigation began when authorities discovered Schoolcraft was distributing child pornography in a social media app between December 2020 and January 2021.

The investigation revealed that Schoolcraft engaged in the activity while at the Denton Police Department, where he served as a police officer, as well as at his home in Argyle, according to federal authorities.

Federal agents served search warrants and met with Schoolcraft in February 2021, when Schoolcraft admitted to using a social media app and his cellphone to trade child pornography.

Schoolcraft has admitted possessing images and videos of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit behavior, including children being tied up and sexually abused by adults.

“The details of this case are shocking not only because it involves the distribution of child exploitative material, but also because the perpetrator was a police officer who was meant to serve and protect his community,” said Matthew DeSarno, FBI special agent in Dallas. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners consistently work together to hold child predators accountable for their actions. We are equally steadfast in our commitment to protecting children from individuals who seek to exploit their innocence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Plano Police Department and the Denton Police Department.

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