William Gammon, an attorney who has been instrumental in getting Texans' homeowners associations power to wield over nonconforming residents, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for possession of child porn.
Gammon, who entered a guilty plea to the charges in May, must also pay $375,000 in restitution to three victims, according to the sentence by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes.
In early 2009, police raided Gammon's home after seeing his e-mail address on a child-porn site. They found 9,271 images and 101 videos of child pornography on the two computers, and in Gammon's safe were lists of passwords and notes on child-porn Web sites.
Gammon's influence on HOA law was highlighted on his Web site at the time of his arrest:
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He has authored master deed restrictions for numerous large residential and commercial developers and builders and has helped draft proposed legislation beneficial to community associations. Bill frequently testifies before legislative committees considering laws that would impact the rights of community associations in the State of Texas and has helped statewide coalitions of community association attorneys to oppose suggested legislation which would severely hamper a community association's ability to operate.
Bill has been representing community associations for over 15 years and has done extensive litigation and appellate work in the field. He has litigated a large number of association deed restriction enforcement cases including architectural, nuisance, corporate matters, construction, design defect, contract as well as defamation. He has helped to craft and clarify Texas law applicable to community associations by successfully prosecuting many significant cases.