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Wondering about that 80-year sentence given to an Erath County teen? Here’s what you didn’t know.


Bradley Cadenhead

I received a flurry of comments from readers following Tuesday’s story of Bradley Cadenhead’s 80-year prison sentence for possession of child porn.


At first glance, the punishment from District Court Judge Jason Cashon seemed harsh for a 17-year-old. Even I did a double take.

Some wondered why this teenager received such an unforgiving and life-altering sentence when some murderers receive far less.


One Fort Worth attorney baffled by the sentence, asked me to dig into the reason behind its severity.


So I did.


I spent a good portion of the afternoon talking to the Stephenville police officer who worked the case and the man who prosecuted it, and as you’ll see, Cadenhead isn’t your average child porn creep.

“HE IS A SCARY KID.”


Lt. Jeremy Lanier works crimes against children and called the case the most disturbing he has ever seen.


Lanier began his investigation after the Stephenville Police Department was notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that it had received a number of tips about Cadenhead’s disturbing online behavior.


Lanier received a search warrant for Cadenhead’s home and seized his laptop, which was sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety lab in Austin where a plethora of heinous images and videos were discovered.

“To be perfectly honest, the child pornography is probably the least egregious crime he has committed; he is a scary kid,” Lanier told Beneath the Surface News. “His whole thing is about online manipulation.”


Erath County Assistant District Attorney Jett Smith said Cadenhead referred to himself as a “cult leader” who encouraged others to engage in sextortion and doxing.

“The evidence presented at the punishment hearing showed that the defendant possessed images of young children not only being sexually abused, but also choked, beaten, suffocated and grievously injured,” Smith said. “The defendant used these images to coerce others into mutilating themselves, including carving his screen name into their bodies, and harming animals.”


One particularly disturbing video retrieved from Cadenhead’s computer showed one of his followers killing her hamster.

When asked how Cadenhead responded to the police investigation, Lanier said, “He couldn’t have cared less.”


At the time of his arrest, Cadenhead was living at home and not going to school.


“He spent all of his time on the computer terrorizing people,” Lanier said. My response to the sentencing is that the evidence showed that he presents a danger to the children and youth of this community.

“If he had continued access to the Internet, I believe he would have continued the behavior.”


Smith also supported Cadenhead’s punishment.


“The depravity and future dangerousness of this defendant is reflected in the sentence handed down by Judge Cashon,” he said.












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Super Nimo739
Super Nimo739
4月30日

Disgusting psychopath. Evil

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Cristiana Distefano
Cristiana Distefano
4月14日

He needs to rot in prison for what he has done. Yes he may get raped, beaten and even killed. So what?

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dr.nancy.carlson
2月20日

One more thought. I don't defend his behavior and actions. All behavior is learned. He needs an opportunity to learn new, positive, workable behaviors and a way to contribute to the community, instead of being tossed away with the prison key. He, and other juveniles need to be reedemed through counseling and behavior training. And the people who were abused by him, and others like him, need ongoing counseling, as do their parents and guardians.

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Krystal Wilkirson
Krystal Wilkirson
4月18日
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Kill him, preferably. There is no amount of therapy and rehabilitation in the world that can fix someone like that. It’s all “feel-good” nonsense that sounds nice in theory, but is completely ineffective. Maybe if we started culling those kind of people from society, we wouldn’t have the need for sex offender apps and human trafficking wouldn’t exist.

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dr.nancy.carlson
2月20日

Kimber, Thank you for your response. I hope you are in counseling, with your parents also, so you may recover from the abuse you received from this teenager. It will take time, but you can control your behaviors and your future. I hope he is also in counseling for his reprehensible behavior. Good luck to you.

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dr.nancy.carlson
2023年5月17日

This reprehensible, dangerous, disgusting, and disturbing internet behavior is what parents, school boards, county boards, and city councils need to focus on instead of library books with a few LGBT words in them.


Parents need to supervise media activities. His parents need to be in court also for child neglect.

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Tom Birmingham
Tom Birmingham
4月15日
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really? can you give me a list of these books and the specific passages or is this like Trumps" "people are saying" anyways you Fat stupid americans hate reading so much because it might actually liberate you from your bondage and human misery. happiness in Ignorance, am i right?

anyways, if this kid was 16 years old with porn on his phone of kids HIS age it wouldn't have been a problem. He had pics of 5 year olds though. Taht's ome fucked up stuff. the the murder nazi cult of thulian/Zionist stuff they pushed that's the real issue. . BTW you should totally read on the Sabbattean - Jesuit conspiracy. It's reaching it's culmination. august 12/13 …


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