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ANGELA DODGE

March 15,, 2012

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Odem Man Lands 20 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Fernando Garcia, 40, of Odem, Texas, has been sentenced to prison for distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Garcia pleaded guilty Jan. 9, 2012, admitting he distributed images and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

At the hearing today, the mother of one of the victims offered testimony as to the effects on the victim. In handing down the statutory maximum 240-month sentence, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack further ordered Rios serve a lifetime of supervised release. Rios was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

At the time of his guilty plea, Garcia admitted that on Jan. 27, 2011, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) agent was conducting an online undercover investigation into persons distributing child pornography. The agent was able to download several images of child pornography and trace them back to an account belonging to Garcia. A search warrant was executed on Garcia’s home by ICE-HSI agents and members of Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. At that time, Garcia advised law enforcement officers they would discover numerous images of child pornography on the computers. Several computers were seized and subjected to forensic analysis which resulted in the discovery of more than 3200 images and 300 videos of child pornography.

Garcia will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined on the near future.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Duke, 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."