LEANDER, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - A man in Leander has been arrested for possessing child pornography. 44-year-old James Scott Scruggs, of Leander, Texas, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.
According to the Office of Attorney General Ken Paxton, a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) alerted the Child Exploitation Unit to Scruggs.
Scruggs was reportedly uploading child pornography to a social media account.
While executing a search warrant at Scruggs’ home, investigators from the Child Exploitation Unit found photos and videos of child pornography on his cell phone. The Office of the Attorney General’s Digital Forensics Unit seized several digital storage devices for examination. During an interview, Scruggs admitted to investigators that he downloaded, viewed and uploaded files of child pornography.
Since its inception, the Child Exploitation Unit has made 322 arrests and obtained 567 convictions for possession of child pornography. Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their safety.
If you suspect someone is producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC. For more information on cyber safety, please click here.