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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANGELA DODGE

Jan. 9, 2012

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Harlingen Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Cross Deshane Guerrero, 39, of Harlingen, Texas, has been arrested following the return of an indictment alleging possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. 

Guerrero was arrested Friday by agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI). He made his initial appearance this morning before United States Magistrate Judge Felix Recio at which time he was ordered held without bond pending a detention hearing set for Thursday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

The indictment, returned Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, alleges that on or about Feb. 26, 2010, within the Southern District of Texas, Guerrero possessed a Compaq computer that contained an image of child pornography. 

If convicted, Guerrero faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and up to a life term of supervised release following release from prison.

The case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Leonard, is a result of the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and the Harlingen Police Department.
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.

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