Plainview, Texas, Man Faces Up to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography
LUBBOCK, Texas — Jose Francisco Madrigal, 43, of Plainview, Texas, appeared today before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings and pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography. Madrigal, who is on bond, faces a statutory penalty of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
In October 2012, according to plea documents filed in the case, Madrigal, using a digital camera and aiming the camera through a hole in a bathroom wall, took sexually explicit videos of a female child, while the child was taking a shower.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s 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 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.”
The investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Plainview Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy is in charge of the prosecution.
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