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Local Man Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Child Pornography Via the Internet

Sept. 7, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Johnny Alaniz, 37, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison without parole for distributing child pornography, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Alaniz, who pleaded guilty to the federal felony offense in April of this year, was sentenced today to 121 months imprisonment by Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head, who further ordered Alaniz to register as a sex offender and serve a 20-year-term of supervised release. At the time of his re-arraignment, Alaniz conceded that on Oct. 25, 2010, a detective with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (CCPD-ICAC), while acting in an undercover capacity and conducting an investigation into the online activities of persons distributing child pornography via peer to peer software, downloaded multiple files of child pornography from Alaniz. Through further investigation, a federal search warrant was secured and executed by CCPD-ICAC officers and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents at Alaniz’ Corpus Christi home in January 2011. During the search, HSI and CCPD officers seized Alaniz’s computer and other electronic media. Subsequent forensic analysis of those devices led to the discovery of six images and 28 videos of suspected child pornography. Alaniz admitted to actively searching the Internet for child pornography which he then made available for public download via peer to peer file sharing software. One of the videos contained images of a victim identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Alaniz has been in federal custody since his indictment and arrest in January 2011 and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.
 
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.

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