Child Pornography Suspect Arrested
LIBERTY, November 4, 2013 - A Child Pornography investigation that originated in Liberty County resulted in the arrest of TAD JEREMY COSTIN, age 42, a resident of the city of Pearland, Texas on a charge of “Sexual Assault of a Child”. Costin, who previously lived on CR. 4830 off Hwy. 1960 and West of the City of Dayton, Texas, lived in Liberty County for only about a two months period when he recently relocated to Pearland.
He was arrested at his home at 11:pm on Friday, November 1, 2013 by the Pearland Police Department, Sgt. Investigator Stephen Clappart and Sgt. Investigator Paul Lasco of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County’s Crimes Against Children Task Force ( a multi-agency task force.) as well as members from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security. Homeland Security was involved due to information received that Tad Costin may have been planning on leaving the country.
This case originated in Liberty County when , on October 20th. Liberty County Deputy James Hobson responded to a report of a person that appeared to have been manufacturing and participating in making child pornography. Several SD cards were given to Deputy Hobson by witnesses who found the cards in some boxes that had been abandoned in Costin’s former home when he moved to Pearland. Upon forensic examination of the SD cards graphic images of hundreds of photos were found and many with Tad Costin sexually assaulting young female children between the ages of one (1) year old and six (6) years old were found. Sheriff Bobby Rader immediately assigned Sgt. Investigators Stephen Clappart and Paul Lasco to the case. After a preliminary and follow up investigation by LCSO Investigators, it became obvious other agencies would be needed to complete this complex inter-county follow up investigation.
An arrest warrant was obtained out of Harris County District Judge Marc Carter’s 228th. District Court for the arrest of Tad Jeremy Costin charging him with “Sexual Assault of a Child”. Costin was placed in the Harris County Jail with no bond set. Tad Costin does have prior arrest for similar offenses and further investigation may involve other charges.
The “Crimes Against Children Task Force” is taking the lead in this investigation and attempts are being made to identify the many children in the photographs as it appears the photo’s may date back as far as 1990.
Due to the short period of time that Costin lived in Liberty County, the Sheriff’s Department has no evidence that any of the children are from the Liberty County area however, Sheriff Rader ask that if anyone has any information regarding Tad Costin or his activities that would appear suspicious, to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (936) 336-4500 and give that information to the Investigators.
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