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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mexican National Convicted Of Transferring Obscene Matter To A Minor

LAREDO, Texas – Mexican National Germain Zamarron Celis, 38, has entered a guilty plea to transferring obscene matter to a minor, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

According to court records, Celis had started communicating with whom he thought was a 15-year-old minor female by way of a local chat room and through his personal email address. In reality, he was communicating with an undercover officer. Celis started the communication on Aug. 29, 2013, which continued for approximately a month.

During the communication, Celis made several extremely sexually explicit comments. He further mentioned he was “dreaming about her” and expressed a desire to meet her. In preparation for such meeting, he sent her a picture of his male genitalia. 

Celis was arrested outside of his apartment complex in Laredo on Nov. 6, 2013, where he had been illegally residing. Sentencing has been set for April 7, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. At that time he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Assistant United States Attorney Suntrease Williams-Maynard is prosecuting.

Updated April 30, 2015