DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former Mesquite educator James Earle Cude was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in federal prison for child exploitation.
Cude, 55, who served as band director at area schools in North Texas for more than a decade, pleaded guilty in August 2019 to receipt of child pornography.READ MORE: North Texas Officer Helps Wrangle Snake From Inside Man's Car At Shopping Center
According to Mesquite ISD, Cude had worked at North Mesquite High School for less than a year when he was arrested in February.
Cude admitted he’d used the instant messaging app Kik to download images and videos of the sexual exploitation of minors, including a video of a young boy being raped by an adult man.
At his sentencing hearing, agents testified Cude used various apps to initiate chats with dozens of underage teens, requesting lewd photos and proposing sexual meetups.READ MORE: Many States Ending $300 Federal Unemployment Benefits Early
Cude’s messages were actually sent to an undercover agent.
He later admitted he’d enticed the boy there for sexual contact.MORE NEWS: Blue Alert For Suspect Accused Of Shooting North Texas Officer Canceled Due To Complaints From Residents