HEB Vice President Found Guilty in Child Pornography Case

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BEXAR COUNTY DISTRICT COURT
  • Bexar County District Court
A jury has found the founder of HEB's Central Market grocery stores guilty of 48 counts of possession and promotion of child pornography.

Former HEB Vice President John Campbell, 66, was initially arrested in 2014 after he accidentally attached a pornographic image of a minor to a work email sent to an HEB employee. While the arrest ended his 40-year-career with HEB, he had been free on bond until his trial, which ended Wednesday.

In court last week, members of the jury watched as a state prosecutor flipped through some 53 digital images and videos of child pornography found on Campbell's computer.

According to FBI agent Alix Skelton, who testified Friday, one of the images featured a boy involved in a child abuse case she previously worked on. Skelton testified that in the photo, the child was between 6 and 8 years old. Some of the file names of the photos and videos listed in Campbell's indictment include numbers that indicated their alleged ages — like "10and14", "Boy-16", "MarkTeen", or "13yo".

The jury found Campbell not guilty on five counts of possession. For the remaining 48 counts, Campbell could face life in prison. His sentence will be decided at a December 6 hearing in front of State District Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl.

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