McAllen Man Convicted of Receiving Child Pornography Via the Internet
|Jan. 3, 2012|
McALLEN, Texas – Xavier Degollado, 31, of McAllen, Texas, has been convicted of receipt of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
The investigation began when Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) had identified a computer at Degollado’s residence associated with child pornography through a peer-to-peer network. At a hearing before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez today, Degollado pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography, acknowledging that on Nov. 10, 2011, ICE-HSI agents executed a search warrant at his residence in McAllen, at which time images of child pornography were discovered on his computer. Degollado admitted at that time that he had downloaded child pornography and was aware that it was illegal to do so.
Subsequently, ICE-HSI conducted a forensic examination of his computer which resulted in the discovery of more than 500 images and 66 videos of clearly young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, some of which included images of children under 12 years of age. Some of the images are of known victims who have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Degollado was permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing March 14, 2012, at which time he faces a potential sentence of no less than five years and up to 20 years in prison, a fine up to $250,000 and from five years to life on supervised release.
This case, being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Juan F. Alanis, 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.