West Point plans to dismiss Granger cadet found guilty in child porn case


By: Jim Fitzgerald/Associated Press

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — West Point says it will start the process to dismiss a cadet who was convicted on child pornography charges.

A federal court jury in White Plains, New York, found 25-year-old Ricky Patrick Hester guilty Tuesday of possessing and distributing pornographic photos and videos.

Within hours, the U.S. Military Academy issued a statement saying it would take action to “separate” Hester from West Point.

Hester, of Granger, Indiana, had been on administrative leave since his arrest in 2013.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison on the distribution conviction.