Keller, Texas, Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense
FORT WORTH, Texas — Marco A. Flores, 19, appeared in federal court today, before U.S. District Judge John McBryde, and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Flores, who remains in custody, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for October 12, 2012, before U.S. District Judge John McBryde.
According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, the investigation began when an officer with the Fort Worth Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, while acting in an undercover capacity and using a file-sharing software, downloaded video files and still images of child pornography from an IP address assigned to a residence in Keller, Texas. Agents executed a search warrant at the residence and several computers were seized. Marco Flores, who lived in the residence, admitted using file-sharing software, but initially denied involvement with child pornography. However, a forensic examination of the evidence identified files containing child pornography and Marco Flores admitted possessing 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."
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fort Worth Police Department are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.
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