Early police: Man arrested after taking photos of children at mall

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Lawren Riveire

Early police arrested a 44-year-old man Friday at Heartland Mall on a charge of improper photography after mall staff told police a man was taking photos of young girls.

Lawren "Larry" Riveire, of Early, remained in the Brown County Jail Monday, jail records show. Reveire's bond was set at $10,000.

According to Early police:

The mall staff had been alerted around 11:30 a.m. of a man taking photographs with his cell phone. Staff immediately notified police and began watching the individual until police arrived.

Officers made contact with the suspect and obtained consent to search his cell phone. The phone contained numerous photos of young girls taken at the mall that day. The phone also contained many photos of other young boys and girls in various other locations around Brownwood and Early in businesses, residences and churches.

After further examination of the phone, hundreds of pictures have been identified around the area. The Early Police Department has identified several children through their parents.

Several of the photos are very disturbing, indicating the children may have been stalked, police said. At this time no evidence has been found indicating any of the children have been assaulted.

Police received an admission that the phone contains child pornography downloaded from the Internet, but due to the amount of pictures and videos, that has not been located yet, police said.

Police will have a forensic examination performed on the phone, and if child pornography is located, a charge of possession of child pornography will be filed, police said.

“I would like to praise the mall staff that initially reported the incident for taking quick and aggressive action on stopping this and looking out for their customers,” Early Police Chief David Mercer said via email.

"I would also like to remind everyone that while living in smaller towns, we sometimes think this will not happen here, but no one is immune from these crimes. We all have to be alert to our surroundings and who is near our children."

Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Monday were:

Emmanuel Abisai, 25, Ocala, Fla., public intoxication.

Eliseo Aldape-Ortiz, 66, Brownwood, DWI second.

Shelley Demyan, 41, Brownwood, motion to revoke for possession of a controlled substance.

Jasmine Drake, 17, Brownwood, assault public servant.

Alton Gober III, 27, Clyde, traffic warrant, violating promise to appear.

Shawn Hickey, 30, Brownwood, driving with invalid license.

Andrea Johnson, 32, Coleman, boating while intoxicated third.

Briana Lozano, 17, Brownwood, assault.

Dustin Madrid, 20, Brownwood, DWI.

Robert Martinez Jr., 19, Brownwood, assault, child endangerment.

Joshua McDaniel, 27, Brownwood, DWI, driving with suspended license.

Mitchell Munson, 32, Brownwood, DWI, driving with invalid license.

Jessie Noyola, 28, Brownwood, burglary of a habitation.

Dienesha Peterson, 17, Brownwood, assault public servant.

Idalia Reyes, 37, Brownwood, aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Brian Jones, 37, Brownwood, burglary of a habitation.

Scotty Jones, 41, Brownwood, burglary of a habitation.

Jose Lopez-Patino, 29, Decatur, DWI with child.

Ashley Smith, 27, Brownwood, aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Farrah Smith, 29, Brownwood, aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Malcolm Walls, 25, Brownwood, theft of service.

Jason Young, 32, Brownwood, injury to child/elderly/disabled.