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Lubbock Resident Faces Up to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

July 2, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas — Tony Alvarez, 19, of Lubbock, Texas, pleaded guilty last Thursday before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Alvarez, who has been on bond since his arrest last month, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report.

Alvarez admitted, according to documents filed in the case, that he used his computer to search for, and download, depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He then saved several of the images on his laptop computer and on a memory stick.

This case 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 is being conducted by the Lubbock Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, is in charge of the prosecution.





















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