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Oct. 13, 2011

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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Jorge Luis Perez, 27, pleaded guilty today to one count of receipt of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

The charges against Perez are the result of an investigation conducted by the Postal Inspection Service in Houston and officers with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Perez was arrested in January 2011 and has been detained in federal custody since his arrest.

The investigation began on Nov. 5, 2009, when Perez responded to an ad placed on the Internet by an undercover postal inspector. As a result of e-mail communications between Perez and the undercover agent, the agent was supposed to mail two DVDs containing child pornography to the home of Perez in Houston.

On Dec. 3, 2009, a controlled delivery of two dvds containing child pornography was made to Perez at his home address. A relative took delivery of the package and several minutes later, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant for the residence. Perez was in a bedroom on a computer.

The agents searched and found the two DVDs in the bottom of a trash can in the bathroom. Agents seized a Sony computer, a 2-terabyte Seagate external hard drive, a Compaq laptop computer, CD/DVDs and digital and video cameras. A forensic exam was done and images of child pornography were found on the Sony computer and the Seagate external hard drive.

The sentencing is set for Jan. 5, 2012, at which time Perez faces a sentence of at least five years and up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 as possible punishment.  Upon completion of any prison term imposed, Gammon also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe, 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.