Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested for possession of child pornography
HOUSTON: A Harris County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested on three felony charges of possession of child pornography.
Deputy Donald Dehnert, 46 year old, was taken into custody as a search warrant was executed at his home in Kingwood, Texas.
The deputy faces three charges of possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say Dehnert did admitt to having child pornography on a flash drive. He said he deleted the images but forensics investigators were able to retrieve them.
Two of the photos are of nude children under the age of two years old and the other one was of a girl who appeared to be between six and eight years old. The image showed the girl appearing to perform a sexual act.
Investigators found the flash drive when searching Dehnert’s home.
A third-degree felony charges were accepted by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Dehnert was booked into the Harris County Jail and has been relieved of duty, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The warrant was based on an online undercover investigation where the defendant solicited sex with the undercover officer’s 5- and 11-year-old daughters. The defendant was read his statutory warnings and then agreed to speak with the officers. During the interview, he admitted to engaging in the chat,” said the prosecutor.
Dehnert has worked at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office since 1992.
The investigating agencies included the Grand Prairie Police Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Texas Rangers and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It was not stated if the deputy has access to the Stingray device that Homeland Security has helped supply to police departments nationwide, police and the FBI regularly use this device to intercept data from cell phones nationwide which put the privacy of underaged children at great risk even when they are not used by child predators.