Mogul gets 30 years in prison: Robert L. Hedrick convicted in child porn case

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Robert L. Hedrick, the man behind Texas cargo airline Pan American Airways, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convinced for distribution and possession of child pornography, transfer of obscene materials to a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of children. The 61-year-old is facing federal child pornography charges.

Police officers posing as 13- and 14-year-old girls caught Hedrick in the act after they managed to engage him in sexually explicit conversations online. His ultimate goal was to get them to send him naked pictures, Assistant U.S. Attorney Violet LaTawn Warsaw determined. After that, undercover authorities found 2,400 images of child pornography saved on three hard drives at his home. Despite this evidence, Hedrick has maintained his innocence.

"I can't ask the court for anything," he said in court according to the Associated Press. "I was framed. I didn't do what I was charged and convicted of."

The defense attorney on the case says he denied his guilt because this way he will get an appeal. If he had pled guilty, he would end up dying in prison.

Photo/Video credit: Pan American Airways
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