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Border Patrol agent facing federal child porn charges

Charged with Production of Child Pornography

SAN ANTONIO -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent is accused of producing and sharing child pornography.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Paul Casey Whipple was arrested Tuesday night at his home in Hondo by the FBI. He was officially charged in federal court Wednesday for production of child pornography.

According to his criminal complaint, in July a foreign law enforcement agency was notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They said they found several files of a minor female engaging in sexually explicit behaviors. After looking at the images and videos further, FBI agents determined they were produced in Hondo between 2015 and November of this year.

"The kids are bait, and it’s very lucrative and common that adults are seeing kids as sexual objects, and we just need to stop that because it’s not okay,” said Dottie Laster with the Heidi Search Center.

Dottie Laster with the Heidi Search Center has dealt with dozens of cases similar to this, where children are exploited and the images are never erased.

Inside Whipple's criminal complaint, it says he has admitted to producing the videos and sharing them on the internet. It also says he told the FBI he had "access" to a minor child on a number of occasions, and she is under the age of 18.

"Parents need to understand what access means. It means internet, phone, third party introducing them, geography. All they need is access, people that will exploit children,” said Laster.

Whipple is due back in federal court on December 26th for a detention hearing.

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