NEW BRAUNFELS — A New Braunfels man was sentenced to 30 years in prison recently for distributing child pornography, according to the U.S. District Clerk’s office in San Antonio.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia passed sentence Thursday morning on Charles Leroy Earl, 65, said a clerk at the U.S. District Clerk’s office. The clerk said Garcia also ordered that Earl receive no parole and submit to supervised release for the rest of his life after he leaves prison, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Friday.

Earl was a police officer in Reno, Nev., for nine years until he was convicted there in 1985 of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old, one of three teens he was accused at the time of sexually assaulting. He served 12 years.

Earl moved to Texas after his release from a Nevada prison and was living in New Braunfels, working as a self-employed computer systems administrator.

He didn’t register as a sex offender when he moved to Texas.

On Oct. 4, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working on a national child-porn sweep raided his New Braunfels home and seized 10 computers, eight powerbooks, 61 hard drives, two digital cameras, and numerous compact disks and DVDs.

His lawyer sought leniency, and Earl told the judge he wanted to teach others about computers.

Earl’s public defender, Kurt May, did not return calls to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung for comment Friday; neither did Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson, who prosecuted the case.

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Jim ALSTON

The laws should be amended nationwide to double the penalty for lawbreakers that were formerly law enforcement officers, elected officials, school personnel or others that have occupied responsible public service positions. Such people do more than betray the public's trust - they undermine confidence in who to trust and in our system of justice. And, pedophiles are the worst of the worst. We need to make sure that their first offense is also their last.

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