POSTED: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 11:22am
UPDATED: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 11:25am
PALESTINE, Texas -- A 47-year-old Texas prison guard is accused of possession of child pornography.
Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office Thursday announced the arrest of Allen Lynn Ward of Palestine.
The arrest Wednesday stemmed from a referral by the Oregon Department of Justice, which notified Texas authorities that Ward’s personal e-mail account appeared to be involved in trading child pornography.
Investigators who searched Ward’s home say they recovered images on his computer and in print.
He was in the Anderson County Jail under $1 million bond. If convicted, Ward faces two to 10 years in prison.
Texas prisons spokeswoman Michelle Lyons says Ward worked since February at the Gurney Unit in Anderson County. She says he resigned Wednesday.