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2 E. Texans arrested on child porn charges, investigation ongoing

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Richard Lee Stewart (Source: Hopkins County Jail) Richard Lee Stewart (Source: Hopkins County Jail)
Dathan Artemus Durant (Source: Hopkins County Jail) Dathan Artemus Durant (Source: Hopkins County Jail)
HOPKINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Two East Texas men are in jail on possession of child pornography charges as part of an ongoing investigation by the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Dallas.

The cases are not related, and more arrests are expected from this investigation, authorities said.

When Richard Lee Stewart, 31, of Sulphur Springs was questioned about the thousands of graphic images of children downloaded to his computer, he told investigators it was, “accidental.”

Stewart was arrested Wednesday and is charged with possession of child pornography.

Investigators said more than 10,000 images had been downloaded to a computer in Stewart’s possession. Additional charges are likely once forensic evidence taken from that computer is further analyzed, according to investigators with Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office. Stewart’s bond is set at $10,000.

Dathan Artemus Durant, 56, of Cumby was also arrested earlier this month as part of that same investigation. He is also charged with possession of child pornography. His bond is set at $10,000.

Search warrants were executed at each residence, where investigators seized all electronic equipment.

Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation and Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol officers assisted in serving the warrants.

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