DEL RIO, Texas – A 46-year-old man was sentenced this week to more than 15 years in prison for distributing child pornography, authorities said.
Bryan DeWain Splawn, of Hondo, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office said a U.S. district judge also ordered during Monday's sentencing hearing that Splawn be placed on supervised release for a period of 10 years after completing his prison term.
Splawn pleaded guilty on July 28 to one count of distribution of child pornography. Homeland Security Investigations launched its investigation on Dec. 9, 2015, after making contact online with Splawn, who was actively seeking minor females for sex, according to court documents.
During the investigation, while Splawn was chatting and texting online, he emailed five videos containing child pornography to an undercover agent, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
"These HSI investigations help protect children by taking child predators off the internet and off the streets by putting them behind bars," said special agent in charge Shane Folden, of HSI San Antonio. "Targeting these crimes against children is a high priority for HSI. We will continue to dedicate our law enforcement resources to identify and bring to justice child predators who traumatize and victimize children."
HSI agents, with assistance from the Hondo Police Department, arrested Splawn without incident on Dec. 19, 2015. The U.S. Attorney's Office said he has remained in federal custody since then.