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Lubbock Man Sentenced to Maximum Sentence of 10 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

October 19, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas — Tony Alvarez, 20, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 10 years in federal prison, the statutory maximum sentence, following his guilty plea in June 2012 to one count of possessing child pornography. Following the sentencing, Judge Cummings remanded Alvarez into the custody of the U.S. Marshal. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

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 was conducted by the Lubbock Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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





















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