In 2022, a 24-year-old man accused of engaging in multiple relationships with high school girls in the Lubbock, Abilene and San Angelo areas pleaded guilty to production and attempted production of child pornography could face 15 to 30 years in prison, plus five years to life of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Investigators say the man communicated with high school girls through social media and provided them with gifts, money and alcohol in exchange for sexual abuse. Law enforcement seized a 12-second video recorded on a cellphone showing one of the underage victims performing oral sex on the man, who admitted to producing the video and enticing the young girl to engage in acts of sexual abuse. The video constitutes child sexual abuse materials (CSAM, often called “child pornography” under state criminal codes), and the case also involves the exchange of sex for money or other things of value.  Court documents stated that shortly after the man connected with the victim he regularly sent her money via Venmo from Oct. 2021 to Jan. 2022, and also purchased alcohol and THC candy for the victim.