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ANGELA DODGE

Aug. 30, 2012

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Mexican National Gets Nine Years for Receipt of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Jorge Luis Perez, 28, has landed in federal prison following his conviction of receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Perez pleaded guilty Oct. 13, 2011.

Today, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Perez a term of 108 months in prison which will be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

The investigation began on Nov. 5, 2009, when Perez responded to an ad placed on the Internet by an undercover inspector with the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). The agent and Perez communicated by email and the agent was supposed to mail two DVDs containing child pornography to Perez at his home 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 found using a computer in a bedroom.

The agents searched and found the two DVDs in the bottom of a trash can in the bathroom. Agents seized a Sony computer, a two-terabyte 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 computer and the external hard drive. The analysis revealed more than 50,000 images of child pornography and hundreds of thousands of images containing child erotica.

The charges against Perez were 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 has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain 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 Robert Stabe, 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."