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ANGELA DODGE

July 17, 2012

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Harlingen Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Alejandro Baca, 21, of Harlingen, Texas, has been indicted for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. The four-count indictment was returned just a short time ago by a Brownsville, Texas, grand jury.

Baca is charged with distributing and receiving child pornography between June 16, 2011, and June 13, 2012, through email as well as distributing child pornography on Nov. 15, 2011, using a peer-to-peer file sharing account. It is also alleged that Baca possessed child pornography on June 19, 2012, the date of his arrest. 

The charges, according to the criminal complaint filed in this case on June 20, 2012, arise out of alleged Internet contact between Baca and an undercover police detective in Wheaton, Ill. Baca is alleged to have distributed images and movies that contained images of child pornography using a peer-to-peer file sharing account. Further investigation resulted in the additional counts of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

Baca has been in federal custody since his arrest at his Harlingen home on June 19, 2012, and is expected to make an appearance in federal court in the near future.  

If convicted of distribution and/or receipt of child pornography, Baca faces a mandatory minimum of five years to a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. A conviction for possession of child pornography carries a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. Each count also carries a fine of $250,000 and a term of supervised release of no less than five years up to life during which the court can impose any number of conditions designed to protect children. Additionally, registration as a sex offender is mandatory.    

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney V. LaTawn Warsaw is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), 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, PSC 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 PSC, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/  For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/resources.html and click on the tab "resources."

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