Abilene, Texas, Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense
ABILENE, Texas — Trevor J. Arias, 25, appeared in federal court in Abilene, Texas, today, before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, and pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. He faces a statutory sentence of not less than five years nor more than 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing will be set at a later date before U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, in Abilene.
Arias, a resident of Abilene, was indicted in March 2012 on four counts of receiving child pornography, one count of transporting child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. In plea documents filed today, he admitted that in August 2011, he knowingly received a file, via the Internet, that depicted a female child engaged in sexually explicit conduct. According to the plea agreement filed in the case, the government will dismiss, after sentencing, all remaining charges in the pending indictment.
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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
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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