Texan gets 9 years, texted porn to borrowed phone

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for texting child pornography to a phone he wrongly thought belonged to a young co-worker.

A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Thursday sentenced 31-year-old Michael Anthony Almendarez. The Corpus Christi man in May pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography.

A man contacted officers last year after getting unsolicited child pornography images on his cellphone. The man previously loaned his phone to a minor female relative who worked with Almendarez at a restaurant.

Investigators say Almendarez at one point borrowed the cellphone from the girl - not knowing the device wasn't hers. Almendarez later texted suggestive pictures to the cellphone, which by that time was back with the owner.

A phone later confiscated from Almendarez contained child porn.

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