Federal Prosecutors File Appeal on Release of Navy Lawyer

CORPUS CHRISTI–Bail was set for a Navy attorney on Tuesday who is charged with receiving and distribution of child pornography, but federal prosecutors are asking for another judge to keep him in jail.

Mark Tilford, 43,  a Corpus Christi resident and active duty Navy JAG Lt. Commander, was indicted by a federal grand jury on a nine-count indictment last week.

The indictment accuses Tilford of receiving and distributing child pornography from his home from July to September of last year.

Prosecutors said the child pornography consisted of images and videos of children engaging in sexual explicit conduct.

Tilford was arrested on January 5 in Corpus Christi by special agents with ICE and Navy Criminal Investigative Services.

A federal judge on Tuesday set his bond at $75,000 but federal prosecutors objected to that. They’re asking U.S. District Court Judge Janis Jack to overrule that and not to allow Tilford out on bond while he awaits trial.

His attorneys have agreed to strict conditions, including having him stay with family at home 24 hours a day, not being allowed to use the internet or have contact with children.

His attorney said Tilford is suffering from depression and is despondent over the allegations so he is taking medication to deal with it.

His trial date is set for March 2nd. If convicted, Tilford could face up to 20 years in prison.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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