San Angelo man pleads guilty to online solicitation of minor and possession of child porn

A 49-year old San Angelo man pleaded guilty to charges of online solicitation of a minor and possession of child pornography, according to a press release from the offices of the 51st and 119th district attorney’s offices. David Kieth Pullin was sentenced to six years of confinement in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice penitentiary. The case stemmed from a Texas Department of Public Safety operation in December 2014, when DPS officers placed an online advertisement posing as an underage female.

Pullin replied to the advertisement, according to the release, and engaged in a sexual conversation with undercover officers, arranged a meeting, then drove to the location and was arrested by law enforcement. After his arrest, Pullin’s computers and cellphone were seized and found to contain child pornography.

Other defendants were arrested and charged with solicitation of a minor as part of this operation.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Ferguson said in the release: “As the internet becomes more prevalent in our lives, children are increasingly at risk to sexual predators. Due to the efforts of DPS criminal investigation division and other local officers, we were able to identify this Defendant, arrest him, and get him off the street. Like many of the other Defendants who were arrested as part of this sting, this Defendant had no criminal history. As with the others arrested during this investigation, and due to the nature of the offense and the risk to the children of our community, our plea agreement was for time in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

In addition, when law enforcement discovered he was in possession of child pornography, we added that charge. While online solicitation of a minor will require him to register as a sex offender for ten years, the conviction for possession of child pornography requires a lifetime registration.

I want to applaud both DPS and SAPD for their work in this case, from the investigation and arrest, continuing through to the discovery of the child pornography. Their work allowed us to send Mr. Pullin to prison for 6 years and require him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.”