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    TX~Robert Hedrick/President of Pan American Airways arrested in child porn sting

    Another bright man throws it all away for vile lust. Shame on you, Mr. Hedrick!!

    http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/new...y-federal.html

    Hedrick arrested: Airline executive faces child pornography charges
    July 18, 2011

    "The president of Brownsville-based Pan American Airways will appear in federal court this morning to address child pornography charges filed against him. Authorities said Robert L. Hedrick, 60, was arrested Monday at his Brownsville home on a federal complaint alleging he shared multiple images of child pornography for a period of about three months with undercover investigators from Louisiana and Wisconsin. The sharing was done via online chats between Sept. 14, 2010 to Nov. 22, 2010...."

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    "...detectives in Louisiana and Wisconsin posed as underage girls in chatrooms. The detectives were contacted numerous times through instant messaging by an individual using the Yahoo screen name "sftg007..."


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    http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/art...d-hedrick.html

    Grand jury returns five-count indictment against Hedrick
    August 16, 2011

    "A federal grand jury in Brownsville Tuesday indicted Pan American Airways President Robert L. Hedrick for the attempted sexual exploitation of children, transfer of obscene materials to a minor, and distribution and possession of child pornography..."

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    "....Hedrick faces 15 to 30 years in federal prison without parole if convicted of attempted production of child pornography. Transfer of obscene material to a minor carries a penalty of up to 10 years, and distribution of child pornography carries a minimum of five years in prison. A conviction for possession of child pornography carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. Each count also carries a possible fine of $250,000. Registration as a sex offender is mandatory...."


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    When was the last time you saw a case come to trial this quickly, especially for a man of means? And gee, I just can't imagine why the judge won't release the man on bail...being that he owns an airline company that flies to Mexico and South America.

    http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/art...rnography.html

    Jury selection set for Hedrick trial
    August 24, 2011

    "Jury selection is scheduled to begin Oct. 6 for the trial of Pan American Airways President Robert L. Hedrick, who was indicted earlier this month on child pornography charges. Hedrick appeared before U.S. Magistrate Felix Recio Wednesday for his formal arraignment on charges of attempted sexual exploitation of children, transfer of obscene materials to a minor and distribution and possession of child pornography.

    The Brownsville businessman is accused of distributing child pornography between March 8 and Sept. 16, 2010, and again between Sept. 14 and Nov. 22, 2010. He is also charged with possessing child pornography on July 18, 2011, the date of his arrest...."

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    I was checking for updates on this case and found the following article which explains just how they caught the man:

    http://www.abc26.com/news/local/wgno...tory?track=rss

    What Really Happens Inside an Internet Chat Room

    "....Lt. McInnis says, "We caught the gentleman that is now and has been the president of Pan Am airlines. He recently restarted Pan Am to be a cargo carrier." The 60 year Robert Hedrick was arrested this summer on federal charges he shared pornographic images through online chats. The investigation spanned 3 months and multiple states...."

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    Still in custody. Good.

    http://www.themonitor.com/articles/h...ial-march.html

    Hedrick child pornography trial postponed until March
    January 27, 2012

    "The trial for Pan American Airways President Robert L. Hedrick has been rescheduled once again, this time for March 29. Court records indicate that Hedrick and his defense attorneys, J.J. Martinez and Ed Stapleton, have been meeting privately with representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The most recent meeting was Wednesday.

    Hedrick, 60, is charged with attempting to produce images of child pornography, transfer of obscene materials to a minor, and distribution and possession of child pornography. Court documents show that the trial originally had been set for Oct. 6. It has now been postponed at least twice.

    The Brownsville man is accused of distributing child pornography between March 8 and Sept. 16, 2010, and also between Sept. 14 and Nov. 22, 2010. He is also charged with possessing child pornography on July 18, 2011, the date of his arrest. He remains in federal custody...."

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