Fort Worth Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offense
Defendant Had Approximately 45,000 Images of Child Pornography on Thumb Drives in His Pocket When He Was Arrested for Possessing Drug Paraphernalia
FORT WORTH, Texas — Domingo Castellon, 56, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. District Judge John McBryde to one count of possessing visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Castellon, who has been in custody since his arrest in late January, faces a statutory sentence of not less than 10 years and up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing is set for June 15, 2012 before Judge McBryde. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
On January 23, 2012, officers with the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) arrested Castellon for possession of drug paraphernalia. While at the jail, officers retrieved three thumb drives from the front pocket of his pants. Castellon admitted that the thumb drives, which contained approximately 45,000 still images and movies of child pornography, were his. The desktop computer Castellon used to acquire the child pornography was seized during a search of his bedroom at his residence in Fort Worth.
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 investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the FWPD.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.
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