Police officer who believes he is above the law caught sexually assaulting young girls and publishing child porn on the Internet


Andrew Craig Sustaita
By: Mason White  WorldWideWeirdNews.com

(Scroll down for video) A police officer has been removed from the force after being caught producing and possessing child pornography, according to police in Texas.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced that the former law enforcement official who was taken into federal custody last week, has been ordered detained on allegations of production and possession of child pornography.

30-year-old Andrew Craig Sustaita, who resided in Spring, was previously a Harris County deputy sheriff, but is no longer employed there as a result of the charges brought against him.

A federal grand jury indicted Sustaita, on charges of possession and production of child pornography.

He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy, who found that he was a danger to the community and a flight risk.

Stacy ordered him to remain in custody, pending further criminal proceedings.

In making that determination, Judge Stacy noted the characteristics of the defendant, the substantial prison sentence he potentially faces as well as the nature and strength of the evidence.

She found no condition or set of conditions that would assure the safety of the community and his continued appearances in court.

She also noted that the crimes he is charged with committing would constitute a crime of violence. During the hearing, the court was told that Sustaita has access to weapons, is dangerous and believes he is above the law.

The court heard that Sustaita allegedly used his position of trust to abuse at least two children.

The court heard arguments that he is facing at least 15 years in prison, and with his law enforcement training, he could be in a position to avoid capture and possible flee from the country.

According to the criminal complaint, Sustaita posted images to a known child pornography website that are believed to be child erotica.

Sustaita commented on other images on that same site.

The user name allegedly belonging to Sustaita, posted items on the Internet in various places, including a pay-to-play bestiality website.

Further information presented to the court included discussions of the amount and types of images authorities have discovered on two devices believed to belong to Sustaita.

The court heard that one video includes a young girl showering.

Other images show Sustaita placing his private parts on or near another known young girl's head while she appears to be sleeping, and others that include attempting to expose the girl’s private parts.

If convicted of the sexual exploitation of a child charge, also known as production of child pornography, Sustaita faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 and up to 30 years in federal prison.

He also faces an additional 10-year-maximum sentence upon conviction of possessing child pornography. The charges are also punishable by a $250,000 maximum fine.

Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Sustaita could also face up to life on supervised release, during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect the children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

Sustaita would also be required to register as a sex offender upon conviction.