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East Texas Parole Officer Gets Prison For Porn

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Texas prosecutor says there are many unanswered questions about the death of a black woman whose family disputes authorities’ finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell three days after a confrontational traffic stop, and that the case is being examined as thoroughly as a murder investigation. (File photo. Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

TYLER, Texas (AP) — An East Texas parole officer has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for using his state-owned computer to view child pornography.

Prosecutors in Tyler say 45-year-old Barry Porter Griffith of Flint pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice network engineers in October 2012 detected significant bandwidth being used to view pornography. Officials traced the usage to Griffith’s computer and then remotely viewed websites that he was accessing from his office.

Griffith, when confronted by law officers, surrendered two personal computers that also contained child pornography images.

Flint is about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

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