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Terlingua Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Child Pornography

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

ALPINE, Texas – A Terlingua man was sentenced in a federal court in Alpine to 87 months in prison for possession of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

According to court documents, Harold Lee McMullen, 74, possessed more than 400 images depicting the sexual abuse of children. He was subjected to a search warrant after a Texas Department of Public Safety agent identified his computer’s IP address as exchanging CSAM over BitTorrent. McMullen was arrested Aug. 15, 2023 and pleaded guilty Sept. 14, 2023.

“The sexual abuse of children is horrific and individuals like Mr. McMullen who further traffic such despicable material continue the harmful exploitation of these innocent children,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas. “Along with our partners, we will continue to hold offenders accountable for their actions.”

HSI and Texas DPS investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Greenbaum prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


Updated January 30, 2024

Project Safe Childhood