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Former Silverado High School Head Softball Coach Indicted on Federal Child Exploitation and Pornograhy Charges

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July 12, 2012

Las Vegas, Nev. – A man who was employed as the head softball coach at Silverado High School in Henderson, Nev., has been charged with multiple felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child and transporting child pornography, after he allegedly exchanged sexually explicit text messages and photographs with a minor girl, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Albert Silva Hernandez, Jr., 43, of Las Vegas, is charged in an indictment returned by the federal grand jury on July 10, 2012, with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child and three counts of transporting child pornography. Hernandez is currently in federal custody, and is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court today at 3:00 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston. If convicted, Hernandez faces 15 years minimum on each sexual exploitation count and five years minimum on each child pornography count.

According to the indictment, the text messages were exchanged between Hernandez and the victim on Dec. 25, 2011, and Jan. 29, Feb. 1-2, 2012.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Clark County School District Police. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy J. Koppe.

The case has been brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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