Keller, Texas, Man Sentenced to 96 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
FORT WORTH, Texas — Keller, Texas, resident, Marco A. Flores, 19, was sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge John McBryde to 96 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release following his guilty plea in June 2012 to an indictment charging one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
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 Marcos Flores. A search warrant was then executed at Marcos Flores’s residence and computers were seized. In February 2012, a forensic examination determined that there were images of child pornography on the computer and Flores admitted that he knowingly possessed 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The Fort Worth Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem was in charge of the prosecution.
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