Man with prior arrest charged with child porn

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A man already considered a suspect in sexual assault of a child has now been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography.

Phillip Joseph Beauchamp was arrested Tuesday and has already posted bond and has been released.

Phillip J. Beauchamp

Beauchamp had earlier posted bond and had been released on the other charges.

His bond in the new case had been set at $500,000.

Bell County Sheriff[‘s Department spokesman Major T.J. Cruz said that back in last November a search warrant had been executed for electronic devices belonging to Beauchamp with the U.S. Secret Service tapped to perform a forensic analysis of the seized devices.

Last Friday, Bell County investigators got a report from Secret Service that cataloged a number of what were described as “lewd depictions of children under the age of 18.”

There were also images showing the private parts of under age children and images of sexual activity involving children.

The arrest warrant for Beauchamp was obtained Tuesday and he was arrested the same day, bonding out almost immediately.

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