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Denison man gets 30 years for child porn, solicitation

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 11:58 AM CST
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - A Denison man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to criminal solicitation aggravated child sexual assault and seven counts of promoting child pornography.

Raymond Foltermann, 38, pleaded guilty Friday in Grayson County District Court.

Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said in June, a concerned citizen was approached by Foltermann asking about babysitting opportunities. His question raising alarms to the citizen, so they asked further why he was interested in babysitting. Foltermann’s response prompted them to call police.

Smith said, that they know of, Foltermann never physically abused any children himself, but child pornography is not a victimless crime.

“Every time the image of that child gets viewed or accessed, that child is abused again,” said Smith.

Denison Police received the tip and contacted the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) Task Force.

Acting on information learned in the initial investigation, a Sheriff’s Office undercover investigator scheduled a meeting with Foltermann, who believed he would be meeting to sexually abuse a child.

“Basically set up a situation where Mr. Foltermann thought he was going to meet some young children to engage in sexual activities with those children. When he came to the meeting place of course he was met by undercover law enforcement officers,” said Smith.

Smith said Foltermann admitted to possessing and sending child pornography to multiple people and intending to victimize children.

“The actions of the tipster are admirable and made it possible to rid our community of a very dangerous man,” said First Assistant District Attorney Kerye Ashmore, who prosecuted the case. “Investigators with Denison Police Department and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office should be commended.”

Smith said if it wasn’t for the concerned citizen’s tip to police, Foltermann may not have been caught and the outcome could have been worse.

“The subject matter of child exploitation cases is always dark and disturbing,” Smith said. “Thankfully this defendant is off the streets where he will not be able to harm our children.”

Smith said parole is typically an option after serving a quarter of the sentence, in Foltermann’s case after 7 and a half years, but that’s all up to the parole board. He said they see child exploitation cases in Grayson County surprisingly all too often, and that growing access of social media and the internet holds some blame.

“This is the intersection of evil and innocence. When someone tries to come out of the dark corners and exploit an innocent child, we see it all too often,” said Smith. “See something, say something. So you know if you have suspicions, we obviously don’t want citizens to overreact. But follow your gut if you see something that’s not right, report it to law enforcement.”

Foltermann will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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