A West Texas math teacher has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison and 15 years of supervised release for distributing child sexual abuse material.

According to court documents and Homeland Security Investigation agents, 60-year-old Albert Douglas Ackley from Valentine, Texas, uploaded and shared 10 files containing child sexual abuse materials over a messaging app.

The files were flagged by the app and sent to the Internet Crimes Against Children database for law enforcement investigation. A search warrant revealed Ackley had multiple devices containing child sexual abuse material at his residence.

“This sentence shows that HSI special agents are laser focused on doing our part to bring to justice those who victimize children,” said HSI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Francisco B. Burrola. “HSI is most appreciative of the collaborative partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety that is a force multiplier to combat this horrific crime of child exploitation.”

Ackley was a Valentine ISD employee for 19 years and taught grades 7-12 at the time of his arrest in March.

Before Ackley was employed by Valentine ISD, he worked for Marfa ISD as a math, science, and computer teacher. While he was being detained, Ackley confessed to having sexual contact with children in the past, two of which had been victims while he was working in Marfa.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Agent Adam Patterson’s testimony, Ackley told a victim in Marfa, who was a minor at the time, to “completely undress” in front of him. Ackley also told DPS he had sexual contact with two female children when he was around 20; the girls were 8 and 12 years old.

After the sentence was released, U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas stated that he would “vigorously prosecute” child exploitation offenders.

“We will continue to vigorously prosecute those who distribute or create an illegal market for child pornography as they violate the sanctity and innocence of our children,” said Esparza. “We are grateful for our law enforcement partners, and to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as we work together to protect our kids and hold these offenders accountable for the harm they cause in society.”

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.

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