Houston Man Gets Nearly 20 Years for Distributing Child Pornography
|Aug. 27, 2012|
HOUSTON - Houston resident Pedro Rosales, 33, has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction for distribution of child pornography, United States Kenneth Magidson announced today. Rosales pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
Today, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Rosales a term of imprisonment of 232 months. He was further ordered to serve five years on supervised release following completion of that term. Rosales will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
Rosales was indicted on July 26, 2011, following an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service and members of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. That investigation revealed that Rosales was making child pornography available to others through the use of peer-to-peer software over the Internet. A special agent downloaded an image of child pornography from the extensive list Rosales was making available online. Rosales placed the images/videos in the “shared” folder on his computer thereby making them available to those using similar software. The images included children under the age of 12 being sexually violated by adults and children under the age of 12 in positions which caused their genitalia to be displayed in a lewd/lascivious manner. Bondage involving children was also present on the defendant’s computer.
There was one computer in the home when a search warrant was executed on Jan. 7, 2011. The examination of the computer revealed more than 600 digital images and approximately 36 videos which contained child pornography.
Investigation revealed that Rosales attempted to blame the presence of child pornography on a minor relative. In fact, according to court records, Rosales removed the minor from school and attempted to persuade him to take the blame for the child pornography believing that if the juvenile said the content was his that he would not be prosecuted due to his young age.
Rosales will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack, 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."