Bowie County sex offender sentenced for possession of child pornography

Bowie County sex offender sentenced for possession of child pornography
(Source: WAVE 3 News)

TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) - According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a Bowie County sex offender has been sentenced to federal prison for possessing child pornography in the Eastern District of Texas.

William Johnson Springer, 60, of Texarkana, Texas, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2020, to possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Friday, Mar. 5 by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III.

Judge Schroeder also ordered Springer to pay restitution to his victims, to register as a sex offender and to serve a life term of supervised release following his imprisonment.

“This repeat sex offender victimized the weakest in our community by viewing and possessing child pornography,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “My office will continue to find and prosecute those who sexually exploit our children by viewing, possessing, distributing, or producing child pornography.”

According to information presented in court, Springer used a cell phone to download and collect images and videos containing child pornography. He was discovered to have a collection of more than 600 images, including depictions of prepubescent minors, sadistic or masochistic abuse or violence and sexual abuse and exploitation of infants and toddlers.

Springer was previously convicted of possession of child pornography in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and on Feb. 9, 2009, was sentenced to 67 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release as a result of that conviction.

Springer also has pending charges for failure to comply with registration requirements in the 202nd District Court in Bowie County.

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