Grapeland City Councilman Aaron Wade Pennington, 30, was arrested on charges of child pornography by the Texas Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. According to local authorities, Pennington was arrested on a warrant and his home was searched during the evening hours. According to a press release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, the warrant was issued after the evidence brought forth from their investigation was presented to District Judge Pam Fletcher.
Pennington was booked into the Houston County Jail and released on bonds totaling $100,000 on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.
He has been charged with two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and two counts of Possession with Intent to Promote Child Pornography. Possession of Child Pornography is a Third Degree Felony, if convicted of this charge, an individual could receive two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Intent to Promote Child Pornography is a Second Degree Felony. If convicted of this charge, an individual could receive two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
This case is to be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office by the Attorney General’s Office to be presented to the grand jury.
As in all cases, Pennington is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.