Cargo Airline Mogul Gets 30 Years in Child Porn Case

Insists he's innocent


The founder of a South Texas cargo airline was given 30 years in prison Wednesday for federal child pornography charges, after undercover officers posing as young teenage girls said they caught him engaging them in explicit online chats.

Robert L. Hedrick was sentenced in federal court in Brownsville, Texas. The 61-year-old Hedrick — who at trial blamed former business associates for conspiring to frame him — said Wednesday that he couldn't apologize for crimes he didn't commit.

"I can't ask the court for anything," Hedrick said Wednesday, according to the Brownsville Herald. "I was framed. I didn't do what I was charged and convicted of."