McAllen Man Convicted of Receiving Child Pornography
MCALLEN – A 29-year-old McAllen man entered a guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography.
An investigation into persons using the internet to traffic in child pornography began Feb. 12, 2016 and led law enforcement to Rodrigo Garcia-Fuentes.
A special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations was able to locate and identify a computer as offering to participate in receiving child porn videos through peer-to-peer network.
On July 26, 2016, HSI agents executed a federal search warrant at the McAllen residence where they seized a computer. A forensic examination of the computer revealed 218 videos and 730 images of child porn involving minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Some of the videos were of known victims as identified through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Garcia-Fuentes admitted he downloaded and viewed child porn from the internet, thereby receiving the images found on his computer. He admitted he had been downloading the pornography for about four years.
A U.S. district judge accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for Aug. 15, 2017. He faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
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