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Spurger man arrested on child porn, solicitation charges

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Tyler McElvainTyler McElvainBy Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – A Spurger man was arrested last week on two felony charges relating to child pornography and soliciting a minor online.

 According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, 31-year-old Tyler Mark McElvain was arrested in Warren on Thursday, Jan. 20, following a report received by TCSO the prior week.

 Weatherford said that on Wednesday, Jan. 12, deputies received a report that McElvain was in possession of child porn and had solicited a minor online. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford issued search warrants, and Pct. 2 JP Ken Jobe issued warrants on McElvain for possession of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor – sexual conduct.

 Weatherford said the deputies were able to make the arrest without incident. He was transported to the Tyler County Justice Center, where he was booked on the two charges, and his bonds were set at $100K for the porn charge and $150K for the online solicitation charge. His bonds were set by Pct. 3 JP Milton Powers.

 Weatherford added that McElvain could face additional charges, as this is an ongoing investigation.

 If convicted on the two charges, McElvain could face two to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for the child porn charge, and up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the online solicitation charge. 

 Online solicitation of a minor is both a crime under state law as well as federal law. Under federal statute, online solicitation could carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

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