James Carnall, 57, of Pipe Creek was arrested December 17 following a search warrant executed by the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU), according to arrest information provided to the Bandera Bulletin by the Texas Attorney General’s Open Records Division.
Carnall, a USAA insurance agent in San Antonio, was arrested at his residence, in the 100 block of Cedar Pass in Pipe Creek, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography per Texas Penal Code 43.26.
During an interview with CEU investigators, Carnall confessed to viewing, possessing, saving and uploading multiple images of child pornography. Investigators located multiple images of child pornography in Carnall’s email account, and one cell phone was seized for examination by the Digital Forensics Unit.
Carnall was housed in the Bandera County Jail and released December 18, according to officials with the Bandera Sheriffs Office.
Bandera County District Clerk Tammy Kneuper said Carnall appeared before a magistrate December 17 and was read his rights. She said Carnall’s trial has yet to be scheduled and was not on the docket for Tuesday.
The report on Carnall issued by the Texas Attorney General’s office did not list any prior criminal history.
Under Texas law, possession of child pornography is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 per charge.
Carnall’s case was referred to the Texas Attorney General through a CyberTipline Report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
CyberTipline is a centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children, where members of the public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.
In 2019, the CyberTipline received 16.9 million reports from the general public, 150,667 of which were reports from the general public and 16,836,694 were from electronic service providers.
To report information about missing of exploited child to NCMEC’s CyberTipline, call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit CyperTipline.org.