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Child Pornographer Gets 30 Years After Sexually Exploiting Minors

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 43-year-old former Navasota resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of production and possession of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. John Allen Chumley pleaded guilty Sept. 13, 2016.


Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced him to serve a total of 360 months in federal prison. At the hearing, Judge Hittner acknowledged the pain and suffering of the victims and their families that Chumley caused, specifically noting a letter written by one of the victims himself. The mother of the other victim also submitted a poignant letter to the court detailing the effects the abuse had on her child. Chumley will also have to register as a sex offender and serve life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the Internet.


Two victims were identified in this case that Chumley sexually exploited.


Chumley was a long-haul truck driver who transported child pornography across state lines and even travelled with one of his victims, now a 10-year-old boy. For some time, Chumley had access to this child and photographed him with a cellular telephone in lewd and lascivious poses in Houston and elsewhere. Chumley befriended a family member of the victim, gained the family’s trust and used his position to exploit the child.


In addition, Chumley produced child pornography of another child who resided in the Houston area to whom Chumley had regular access and whom he sexually molested.


The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and FBI offices in Houston and Springfield, Illinois conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack of the Southern District of Texas prosecuted the case.

Updated March 21, 2017