Williamson County attorney arrested for child porn

The felony arrest complaint was filed only because of what Round Rock investigators say they found inside a cellphone.

"Through looking at the photographs on the phone we found images we believed to be child pornography," said Sgt. John Rowe.

Sgt. John Rowe said Round Rock detectives  have so far recovered about 200 images of child pornography. The bulk, according to court documents, were  found on electronic devices recovered from the  behrens ranch home of attorney Tallion Taylor.

"Whoever downloaded these, to these devices, obviously they have an interest in this," said Sgt. Rowe.

Taylor, from his front door told FOX 7 his interest was purely professional -- because the images - he claims- belong to a former client.

"The only reasonable explanation is it came from a client and attorney client privilege prevents me from divulging that."

Taylor also had an excuse for why the porn was also on his phone.

"I believe it ended up on a SD card there were several SD cards, we use to use those in the office  frequently to transfer documents  from one computer to another. "

Taylor went on to say the devices containing the porn were originally kept  in his office. He closed last month and were brought to his home. That  excuse has not been rule out by investigators.

"But we can tell you we are confident  he was in possession of them he was aware he was in possession of them so now we are having  to take that to the next step  and see where this takes us, we will follow the evidence where ever it takes us," said Sgt. Rowe.

Bring the porn home - Taylor said was  an honest mistake - just like the threat he allegedly made which originally brought the police to his house. Police were told that Taylor was going to post on line a compromising picture of his ex wife. Taylor- as we spoke at his front door-  admitted he violated  the new revenge porn law.

"And that happened back in September, in an argument between my ex and I and it wasn't until she got, we got into another argument three months later that she decided to call the cops, again for it," said Taylor.

It was a call that turned a misdemeanor complaint into a felony case.

The following is the full statement released by Tallion Taylor's personal representative:

This all started with an argument between Mr. Taylor and his ex-wife. She called the police on Mr. Taylor for an unrelated matter in September then decided she didn't need the police. 3 months later, another argument between he and his ex-wife took place because she continued to enter into Mr. Taylor's home without permission. She got mad and again called the police again for the same matter from September.

RRPD got a search warrant for Mr. Taylor's phone. Among the 1000 normal photos on the phone, there were 3 they said appeared underage. When the police showed them to Mr. Taylor, he was confused as to how they were on his phone. He certainly didn't download them, nor had he ever seen them before. The police told him they were put on his phone from an SD memory card.

During a search of Mr. Taylor's house and home office, another SD memory card and a thumb drive were found which contain allegedly illegal material.

During that search, police seized and examined many devices belonging to Mr. Taylor including 2 laptops, an iPad, a tablet computer, a camera, 2 iPods and 2 additional cell phones. Nothing illegal was found on any of these devices. Every device that is linked directly to, or registered to, Mr. Taylor, contains nothing illegal.

Mr. Taylor's office, would regularly use thumb drives and memory cards to transfer materials between computers. Mr. Taylor moved his office from its old location of 10 years, into his home on November 27th. Otherwise these materials would have been at Mr. Taylor's office and not his house.

It is Mr. Taylor's belief that the memory cards containing the alleged illegal material, were left in his office by a client who hired Mr. Taylor to represent him. The client was being investigated regarding child pornography, but was never arrested. Mr. Taylor informed the police of that, but attorney/client privilege prevents disclosure of the client's name. After Mr. Taylor refused to provide the client's name to the police, they got a warrant for Mr. Taylor's arrest.

When they arrested Mr. Taylor, there were probably a dozen officers who pulled him over. Half of them were carrying AR15's. All of them had their guns pointed at him.

Round Rock Police told Mr. Taylor that at least one of the memory cards had been erased so that a normal individual with a normal computer couldn't have seen any illegal materials. But with the police using specialized computers and software, they were able to find illicit images. Of course, Mr. Taylor doesn't have access to that specialized technology, which is further proof that he COULDN'T have known what was on the memory card.

Mr. Taylor is innocent of these charges and plans to fight to prove his innocence.

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