A judge has sentenced a 71-year-old West Texas man to 17½ years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.
William Fred Weatherford of Graham must also serve a lifetime of supervised release after completing his term, and register as a sex offender.
According to court documents, Weatherford photographed a 3-year-old girl that he'd enticed into sexually explicit conduct last December. The documents say Weatherford admitted his deed to a Texas Ranger in January, and he was arrested in February.
According to an FBI affidavit reviewed by the Wichita Falls Times Record News, the child's parents borrowed Weatherford's camera to take pictures in a park. The girl's father scrolled through the images on its memory cards and found the pornographic images of his daughter.