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21-Year-Old Mercedes Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Porn

3 years 4 months 2 days ago Thursday, April 06 2017 Apr 6, 2017 April 06, 2017 2:28 PM April 06, 2017 in News

MCALLEN – A 21-year-old resident of Mercedes entered a guilty plea to one count of receipt of children pornography.

Gabriel Eduardo Sanchez came to the attention of law enforcement following out-of-state investigation, which began Sept. 17, 2015, into another person who was arrested for sending images of child porn over the internet.

Through the investigation, it was determined that this individual had shared child porn with Sanchez while utilizing the Kik messenger app.

On Sept. 14, 2016, FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at Sanchez’s Mercedes residence. They seized several electronic devices and digital media storage devices.

A forensic exam revealed more than 2,000 videos and about 1,000 images of child porn involving children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The videos included children under the age of 12 involved in sadistic conduct, bondage and other depictions of violence.

During the plea, Sanchez admitted he downloaded, received and shared child porn on Kik Messenger and WhatsApp and saved images on multiple storage devices.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for June 14, 2017. Sanchez faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine. 

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