Veteran sheriff’s deputy charged with possessing child porn

A longtime deputy in Texas has been arrested on three felony charges of possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Donald Thomas Dehnert, a 46-year-old deputy from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Thursday by investigators after a search warrant was executed at his home in Kingwood, sheriff department officials announced.

Dehnert, who joined the agency in 1992, was later booked into the Harris County Jail and was relieved of duty after prosecutors accepted third-degree felony charges against him.

Prosecutors said Dehnert has admitted to having child pornography on a flash drive. He claimed to have deleted the images, but investigators were able to retrieve them, KTRK reports.

Two of the photos depict nude children under the age of two and another shows a girl who appeared to be between six and eight years old performing a sex act, according to the station.

Prosecutors said the search warrant was based on online conversations during which Dehnert solicited sex with an undercover officer’s 5- and 11-year-old daughters.

Dehnert remained in custody as of Friday, according to online jail records. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

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