Jan. 15, 2010
AMERICAN FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN MEXICO HANDED OVER TO US OFFICIALS
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Richard Louis Cedor, 56, formerly from the Corpus Christi area and charged in the Corpus Christi Division of the Southern District of Texas with possessing child pornography, was arrested by the Mexican Immigration Institute (INAMI) in Matamoros, Mexico, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
The INAMI worked in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service’s (USMS) Foreign Office in Mexico City and the USMS office in Corpus Christi to coordinate the arrest and removal of Cedor to the United States. Cedor was returned to the United States through the Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry last night. Cedor had been a fugitive from the United States following the filing of unrelated charges brought by the state of Texas in June 2009. Cedor appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Felix Recio this morning in Brownsville at which time he was ordered held without bond pending his transport and further hearing in Corpus Christi where the case will be prosecuted.
Cedor, a United States citizen, was arrested pursuant to a federal indictment issued by the Corpus Christi grand jury on Dec. 9, 2009. The eight-count indictment accuses Cedor of possessing child pornography in March 2009 which consisted of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. If convicted of possessing child pornography, Cedor faces up to 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and any number of years up to a life term of supervised release during which the court can impose any number of conditions designed to protect children and to limit his access to the Internet.
The child pornography charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Corpus Christi Police Department. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Indictments are formal accusations of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
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