Tuesday, December 5, 2023

U.S. Attorney’s Office: Granbury man convicted of child sexual exploitation


David Earl Boyd, a 64-year-old Granbury man, has been convicted at trial of child sexual exploitation, according to a Friday, Feb. 24 news release from the office of Leigha Simonton, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

The news release states that Boyd’s son reported him to law enforcement and officers then arrested Boyd and seized his smartphone. Boyd’s three-day trial ended after “just 45 minutes of deliberation,” the release says. The federal jury found Boyd — who was already a registered sex offender — “guilty of two counts of producing child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of penalties for registered sex offenders.”

“According to evidence presented at trial, in the spring of 2022, Mr. Boyd, already a registered sex offender, took sexually explicit images of two young children, aged 6 and 3,” the news release states. “Mr. Boyd’s son discovered nude images of the children in his father’s trash folder. He took a screenshot of the trash gallery and submitted a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which forwarded the tip to law enforcement.”

Boyd will face a minimum of 45 years in federal prison, according to the news release. His sentencing is scheduled for June 27.

The news release explained that “During an extraction of the phone, forensic examiners discovered thousands of child pornography images in a directory associated with the application “Hide it Pro,” an application designed to conceal images and videos. (Although Mr. Boyd had previously deleted the app, the directory retained the images and videos.)” 

Simonton stated, “We are grateful to the defendant’s son for reaching out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It cannot have been easy to report his father’s crimes, but in so doing, he likely saved two children from further victimization. We are proud to hold this predator to account.”

Boyd had been convicted of possession of child pornography in Taylor County in a previous case. In 2003, the state sentenced him to three years behind bars and he was required to register as a sex offender.

The investigation was conducted by the Homeland Security Investigations’ Dallas Field Office, the Hood County District Attorney’s Office, and the Dallas Police Department. “Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem prosecuted the case with the help of Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Lewis. U.S. District Judge Terry Means oversaw the trial,” the release added.