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Mission Man Convicted in Child Porn Case

   
April 2, 2012

McALLEN, Texas – Reynaldo Vega, 45, of Mission, Texas, has been convicted of receiving child pornography via the Internet, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Vega entered a plea of guilty at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane this afternoon.

The investigation began when Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) identified a computer at Vega’s residence as participating in the distribution of child pornography through a peer-to-peer network on the computer via the Internet. On Aug. 26, 2011, ICE-HSI executed a search warrant at his residence, at which time his computer and related media storage devices were found to contain images and videos of child pornography.

Subsequently, ICE-HSI’s forensic examination of the seized devices resulted in the discovery of more than 100 images and more than 150 videos of clearly young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The videos included images of children under the age of 12 years old and some of the images are of known victims who have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Previously released on bond, Vega was remanded to custody following today’s hearing where he will remain pending sentencing on June 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. At that time, he faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine and up to life on supervised release following completion of that prison term. He will also be required by law to register as sex offender based on this conviction. 

This case, being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Juan F. Alanis, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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