Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced that Robert Kessler, 35, of Allen, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
Willis said: “Child pornographers must face the consequences of exploiting children, especially those without a voice.”
In 2018, Collin County Sheriff’s Office investigators initially found Kessler in possession of approximately 6,000 images and videos depicting child pornography.
Police said further investigation revealed that Kessler possessed more 90,000 images of children ranging from toddlers to early teens being sexually abused or exploited.
After reviewing Kessler’s images, law enforcement identified approximately 6,200 known victims listed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database.
After hearing several hours of testimony as well as reviewing the evidence, Judge Tom Nowak assessed 10 year sentences on Counts 1 and 2 to run consecutively. This is the maximum punishment allowable by law for these crimes.
Judge Nowak then assessed 5 year sentences on the remaining counts, to begin after the first two prison sentences are served, for a total punishment of 25 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Shannon Miller prosecuted the case, aided by District Attorney Investigators Chris Meehan and Billy Lanier, and Collin County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Lee McMillian.
Court report from Tim Wyatt, Collin County public information
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Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced in McKinney, Texas, that Christopher Dee Acklin, 46, of Plano, was sentenced to 32 years in prison for Injury to the Elderly Causing Serious Bodily Injury with a Deadly Weapon.
Authorities said that in December 2016, Acklin (pictured) got drunk and then strangled and beat his mother, age 73, at her home in Plano.
Police said the injuries Acklin caused required extensive medical treatment, including skin grafts on her arms and surgery for a fractured femur.
Plano Police Department Detective James Phelan investigated the case.
During the sentencing phase of Acklin’s plea of guilty, the victim testified that she closed her eyes during the assault and felt like she was going to die.
Prosecutors presented evidence of prior assaults by Acklin, including a 2010 conviction for assault family violence against his mother, and a 2013 conviction for assault family violence against his wife at the time.
Willis said prosecutors presented even more evidence of Acklin’s other criminal conduct, including two prior convictions for DWI, multiple violations of protective orders, as well as Plano Police Sgt. Chris Matthews’ testimony about Acklin’s bad conduct post-arrest.
Judge Benjamin Smith assessed punishment at 32 years in prison.
Assistant District Attorneys Kim Laseter and Kim Kircher prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Robin Laughon and Victim Assistance Coordinator Jenni Ball.
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First Liberty Institute’s Matthew Kacsmaryk of Plano, Texas, moved one step close to confirmation for a federal judge post based in Amarillo, Texas. A U.S. Senate Judiciary committee has approved Kacmaryyk today.
Kacsmaryk, who serves as deputy general counsel for First Liberty, would fill a federal judge post that has been empty two years come February.
First Liberty has offices on West Plano Parkway.