WEATHERFORD — Staff report
After his employer found child pornography on his work computer and notified authorities, a Parker County jury Wednesday sentenced a Weatherford man to the maximum 10 years in prison.
Steven Wade Dvorak, 61, Friday pleaded guilty to 26 counts of possession of child pornography in four cases and elected to have a jury assess punishment.
Investigators found more than 160,000 child pornography pictures on three computers and an external hard drive seized during the investigation, according to prosecutors, who said the state’s computer forensics expert testified that Dvorak’s collection was one of the top 10 most voluminous collections he had seen during his 10 years experience.
“In June, 2012, Mr. Dvorak’s employer called the Mineral Wells Police Department after an examination of Dvorak’s work computer revealed that he had been using it to access and download child pornography,” said Assistant District Attorney Nikki Grote Rhodes, who tried the case with Assistant District Attorney Robert DuBoise. “At the same time this was happening in the Parker County side of Mineral Wells, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an internet hit that an internet protocol address associated with Dvorak was accessing child pornography and notified the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, which resulted in another investigation being opened. The agencies worked together and arrested Mr. Dvorak on June 4, 2012.”
Dvorak admitted to possessing and collecting child pornography and led investigators to his collection inside his home at the time of his arrest, according to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
“Dvorak admitted to trading pornography in the past, and admitted that his problem with child pornography started around 2005 or 2006,” Rhodes said. “Given the length of time over which he was creating his child pornography collection, the size of his collection, and the extremely graphic nature of the images he possessed, we believe that he deserved the maximum punishment available.”