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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 24-year-old Mexican National illegally residing in Tyler, Texas has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JOSUE SANCHEZ pleaded guilty on Oct. 27, 2009, to possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.  Following the completion of his sentence, Sanchez will be remanded to the U.S. Marshals Service for deportation.  Sanchez was also ordered to forfeit his computer equipment.

            According to information presented in court, in December 2008, law enforcement authorities executed a federal search warrant at Sanchez’ Walnut Drive residence in Tyler.  A search of the residence revealed a personal computer which contained two videos depicting pre-pubescent females engaged in sexual activity with adult males.

            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

            This case was investigated by the Longview Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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