Child Porn Found in Home of Suicide DA

Texas man shot self as NBC sex predator sting closed in

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 27, 2007 7:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Texas investigators looking into the suicide of a former county district attorney found child porn in his home, reports the Dallas Morning News. He shot himself last year as a SWAT team closed in and a Dateline NBC camera crew covering internet predators waited outside. A search of laptops, a cell phone, and disks inside the home uncovered sexually explicit images of juveniles, police said.

The search also found a graphic internet chat between the district attorney and "Luke"—an adult posing as a 13-year-old boy as part of the "Perverted Justice" sting operation run by an internet watchdog group. The group has been working with NBC's "To Catch a Predator" series to expose pedophiles. The dead man's sister is suing NBC for $105 million over the death, a lawsuit NBC officials say is without merit.

NBC is facing a lawsuit from the former DA's sister, who claims producers were more interested in sensationalizing the series than in news reporting.
NBC is facing a lawsuit from the former DA's sister, who claims producers were more interested in sensationalizing the series than in news reporting.   (Getty Images)
The house used in a sting operation in Murphy, Texas, is shown in the neighborhood at right in a June 19, 2007 photo. Former DA Louis Conradt couldn't be lured to the house for the sting, and shot himself  at home as investigators closed in. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
The house used in a sting operation in Murphy, Texas, is shown in the neighborhood at right in a June 19, 2007 photo. Former DA Louis Conradt couldn't be lured to the house for the sting, and shot himself...   (Associated Press)
This undated studio portrait, provided by NBC Universal, shows NBC News reporter Chris Hansen, who hosts the Dateline NBC series titled To Catch a Predator.  (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Virginia Sherwood)
This undated studio portrait, provided by NBC Universal, shows NBC News reporter Chris Hansen, who hosts the "Dateline NBC" series titled "To Catch a Predator." (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Virginia Sherwood)   (Associated Press)
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