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Date: 01-25-2020

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United States of America v. James Earle Cude

Case Number: 3:19-cr-00133-L


Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Dallas County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Camille Sparks

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Description: Dallas, TX - The United States of America charged James Earle Cude with receipt of child porn.

A Mesquite educator was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for child exploitation.

55-year-old James Earle Cude – who previously served as North Mesquite High School’s band director – pleaded guilty in August to receipt of child pornography.

In plea papers, he admitted he’d used the instant messaging app Kik to download images and videos of the sexual exploitation of minors, including a video of a young boy being raped by an adult man.

At his sentencing hearing, agents testified that Mr. Cude had used various apps to initiate chats with dozens of underage teens, requesting lewd photos and proposing sexual meetups.

Mr. Cude was arrested in February at a coffee shop, after exchanging explicit messages with an individual he believed was a 13-year-old boy. Unbeknownst to the defendant, his messages were actually sent to an undercover agent. He later admitted he’d enticed the boy there for sexual contact.

The Collin County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.


18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(2)(A) Receipt of Child Pornography

Outcome: JUDGMENT as to James Earl Cude (1), Count(s) 1, Dismissed; Count(s) 1s, Committed to the BOP for a term of 168 mos; SR-7 years; SA-$100; Assessment-$5,000 Pursuant to LR 79.2 and LCrR 55.2, exhibits may be claimed during the 60-day period following final disposition (to do so, follow the procedures found at Exhibit Guide). The clerk will discard exhibits that remain unclaimed after the 60-day period without additional notice. (Clerk to notice any party not electronically noticed.) (Ordered by Judge Sam A. Lindsay on 1/24/2020) (ndt) (Entered: 01/24/2020)

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