An Erath County jury has indicted Robert Aaron Pilbro, 36, on the second degree felony of possession or promotion of child pornography.
“Child pornography was found on a device of his that had been pawned,” District Attorney Alan Nash said. “On January 14 he was convicted of possession of methamphetamine and he’s been in our jail while his appeal is pending. The jury sentenced him to two years, the max, but while his appeal was pending they kept him here instead of taking him to the state jail. In the meantime, we discovered this.”
On June 29 a Stephenville police officer was dispatched to The Pawn Shop after a laptop and Samsung Galaxy tablet containing images of female children, who appeared to be under the age of 18, were discovered by the owner who was clearing it for resale.
According to the arrest affidavit, the tablet contained 74 images that showed several different girls, approximately 14 years old or younger, engaging in various sexual acts along with account and personal information of Pilbro’s.
During a jailhouse interview with police on Aug. 1 Pilbro admitted to receiving the images and that he knew the girls were under the age of 18.
“Pilbro admitted to saving the images to distribute at a later date,” the affidavit states. “Pilbro admitted to sending images through the app ‘KIK’ he knew depicted a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was taken, at least a dozen times.”
A list of 24 others indicted by the grand jury will be in Friday’s edition of the Empire-Tribune.