Man awaits sentencing following plea to federal child porn charges

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Bryce Willis

A McLennan County man who has remained in jail since his indictment on federal child porn charges Tuesday entered a guilty plea.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said a sentencing date has not yet been set for Bryce Jacob Willis who was first arrested on the charges in 2019 following an investigation that began in Australia and led back to an IP address in Woodway.

He was re arrested after an indictment in July of 2020.

He was named in two indictments with ten counts in each indictment specifying possession of child pornography with intent to promote.

The affidavit stated that at least 14 images found in Australia were tied to that IP address, mostly girls under the age of ten.

After the initial tip was received December 23, a search warrant was obtained December 26 with a search conducted the next day by deputies and agents with Homeland Security.

The affidavit stated that Willis was found sitting at his desk at a business.

A forensic analysis of his phone was begun and Willis was taken to the sheriff’s office for an interview.

The arrest affidavit stated that Homeland Security Investigations completed a forensic examination of computers connected with Willis and reported that a total of 13,640 unique images were discovered along with 52 videos containing child pornography, 109 images depicting infants and toddlers and 51 images that contained child pornography that were described as “sado/mashochistic” in nature.

The affidavit stated that after being given his Miranda warnings, he waived his rights and gave a statement.

The affidavit said he confirmed a fictitious e-mail he used to carry out the viewing and distributing of the material.

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