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ANGELA DODGE

July 13, 2011

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Local Man Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Adrian Alvarado, 25, of Corpus Christi, has been sentenced to 170 months imprisonment for receiving child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

On Feb. 22, 2011, Alvarado pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography on Oct. 29, 2010, in violation of Title 18 United States Code Section 2252(a)(2) consisting of images and videos of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed down the 170-month sentence this morning.
                               
On Nov. 1, 2010, Alvarado was arrested at the Falfurrias, Texas, Border Patrol Checkpoint while attempting to smuggle 20 kilograms of marijuana. Alvarado’s personal cell phone was searched as part of the drug trafficking investigation and several images of child pornography were discovered. A detective with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (CCPD ICAC) was contacted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and provided Alvarado’s cell phone. A federal search warrant was executed on Alvarado’s cell phone and a forensic examination conducted by CCPD on the phones contents revealed several photos and videos of a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct having been sent to Alvarado. Additionally, numerous text messages were discovered between Alvarado and his victim in which Alvarado coerced and instructed the victim to produce sexually explicit images for his receipt. Alvarado was aware of the victim’s age and status as a child when requesting the production and receipt of these images. An investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents led to the discovery of the identity of the minor victim, whose images Alvarado possessed. Interviews with the victim confirmed the creation and receipt of the child pornography as having occurred at Alavarado’s behest.

In sentencing Alvarado to a term of imprisonment, Judge Jack stressed the need to protect the public from Alvarado and to discourage others from engaging in similar behavior. Judge Jack also sentenced Alvarado to a lifetime term of supervised release and ordered Alvarado to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Alvarado has remained in custody since the date of his arrest on Jan. 3, 2011, following his indictment on federal child pornography charges on Dec. 20, 2010.
       
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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke prosecuted the case.