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Franklin County man pleads guilty to production of child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, MO – United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey accepted a plea, today, from Gabriel Trevino. The 35 year old pleaded guilty to the production of child pornography.

According to the plea agreement, between November 11, 2019 and November 18, 2019, Trevino stayed at the residence of a woman he was in a relationship with.  After noticing a red light on the side of a picture frame in her children’s bathroom, the woman took the frame apart.  She found a hidden camera with a SD card in a slot on the side of the picture frame.

She took the picture frame to a computer store and discovered that on the SD card were 300 video files, including some of her minor children. The woman said some of the videos of her children showed their private areas.

On November 18, 2019, the woman contacted the St. Louis County Police Department. During the Department’s investigation, Trevino admitted to placing the photo frame in the bathroom of the residence in order to attempt to record the woman.  Trevino further admitted that he knew he would record the woman’s minor children in the bathroom as well.

The charge of production of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of no more than 30 years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $250,000.

Judge Autrey has set sentencing for January 13, 2021.        

The St. Louis County Police Department, the Washington Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Robert Livergood is handling the case for the United States Attorney’s Office.


Venton Blandin

Updated October 8, 2020

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