Irving, Texas Man Admits Possessing, Transporting and Shipping Child Pornography
DALLAS — Hugo Magdaleno, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to one count of possessing child pornography and one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Magdaleno faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than five or more than 30 years in federal prison, a $500,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. He has been in custody since his arrest in Houston, Texas, in mid-March on an indictment returned in the Northern District of Texas in February 2009. Sentencing is set for July 26, 2012, before Judge Boyle.
According to documents filed in the case, Magdaleno admitted that he used file sharing software to trade images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent minors and sadistic, masochistic or other violent images involving minors. A forensic examination of computer equipment seized from his home in Irving, Texas, in January 2008, by special agents with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), revealed more than 6,000 images and hundreds of videos of child pornography.
This matter was 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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The investigation is being conducted by the ICE HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Miller.
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