Marshal Hobbs in this 2003 booking photo at Andrews County Jail.

MIDLAND, Texas — A former Monahans, Texas, police officer was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for knowingly communicating and receiving sexually explicit images and videos from a minor female on social media.

In Midland today, 36-year-old Marshal Lacy Hobbs of Andrews, Texas, a former Monahans Police Department police officer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Counts to 87 months in federal prison. Additionally, Hobbs was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, a $5,000 assessment under the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act, and a $5,000 assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

Following his term of imprisonment, Hobbs will be placed on supervised release for five years.

Hobbs had previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography in December 2019.

In November 2019, Hobbs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Texas, "knowingly engaged in social media communications on his cell phone with a female he knew to be under 18 and that he received multiple videos and images of that minor female engaged in sexually explicit activity."

“When an officer who has sworn to protect his community instead decides to target a child for exploitation, we will be relentless in seeking justice," stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash. "I am pleased with the sentence imposed today."

Hobbs, who had been out on bond prior to today's hearing, was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending his transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

The Texas Rangers, along with the Andrews Police Department, investigated the case.