In custody

An Oklahoma man is in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center, charged with allegedly producing and/or promoting pornography involving a Royse City child.

An Oklahoma man is in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center, charged with allegedly producing and/or promoting pornography involving a Royse City child.

Royse City Police Department spokesman Darnell Franklin said Phillip Terrell Mendoza was arrested Monday afternoon at a residence in Madill, Okla.

Mendoza, 28, was being held on $300,000 bond on a charge of sexual performance by a child of less than 14 years of age, employing/directing/producing.

Franklin said a parent filed a complaint with Royse City police on May 5, alleging Mendoza and a child had interacted online inappropriately.

The child admitted she and Mendoza had been in contact and the RCPD traced the link back to Mendoza.

The department investigated the incident alongside local agencies and the Marshall County, Oklahoma, District Attorney’s Office, resulting in the arrest at Mendoza’s residence on Monday.

Franklin said investigators found copies of photos and videos of the communications between Mendoza and the victim.

“And during his interview, the subject confessed,” Franklin said.

Mendoza was given a magistrate’s warning at the jail Tuesday morning. It was not clear late Tuesday whether he would be requesting the appointment of an attorney to represent him on the charge.

Mendoza has not yet been indicted. The next session of the current Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to resume on June 28 as the jurors complete their term deciding whether which local prosecutors have presented enough evidence in felony cases to indict for the 196th District Court.

A new grand jury is expected to be seated early next month to begin its six-month term reviewing felony case allegations for the 354th District Court.