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Irving, Texas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing, Transporting and Shipping Child Pornography

August 9, 2012

DALLAS — Hugo Magdaleno, 27, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 240 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release, following his guilty plea in April 2012 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. He has been in custody since his arrest in Houston, Texas, in March 2012.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

The investigation was conducted by ICE HSI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Miller was in charge of the prosecution.






















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