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El Paso Man Sentenced To Federal Prison In Child Porn Case

Defendant was in possession of 5,342 videos and 133,345 images depicting child pornography

February 7, 2013

In El Paso this morning, 46-year-old Jose Miranda, a former mechanic with the El Paso Independent School District, was sentenced to six years in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for receipt and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Dennis Ulrich.

In addition to the prison term, Miranda is subject to an undetermined amount of restitution payable to the victims portrayed in the videos.  U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo is expected to rule on the restitution matter in approximately 30 days.

On May 31, 2012, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cyber Crimes Group special agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized several computers and related equipment.  According to court records, a forensics evaluation of the seized items revealed the presence of 5,342 videos and 133,345 images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. 

On October 22, 2012, Miranda pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of material involving the sexual exploitation of children and one count of possession of such material.

Assistant United States Attorney J. Brandy Gardes prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.


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