WACO/TEMPLE, Texas – A federal judge sentenced a Temple woman to 188 months for possessing and distributing child pornography. Lydia Brynn Christensen pleaded guilty on June 2nd, 2020.

According to U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs, Temple Police Chief Shawn Reynolds and court records, authorities executed a federal search warrant on August 30, 2019 at the residence of the 33-year-old based on information they had received concerning the contents of her cell phone.

During the search, authorities seized the phone. A search revealed the presence of numerous images and videos depicting child pornography. Also, authorities discovered numerous communications on the phone, whereby Christensen had transmitted and received child pornography.

Christensen has remained in custody since her arrest on November 7, 2019, and faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each charge. Sentencing before U.S. District Judge Alan Albright in Waco is scheduled for October 7, 2020.

The FBI and the Temple Police Department’s Special Crimes Unit conducted this investigation.

U.S. District Judge Alan Albright has also ordered Christensen to pay $11,000 in restitution to her victims and be placed on supervised release for ten years after she completes here prison sentence.