East Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography
POCATELLO – Erik Rodriguez, 25, of Rupert, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to sexual exploitation of a minor child, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Rodriguez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pocatello on November 24, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, Homeland Security special agents, working in conjunction with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) officers, downloaded a sexually exploitative video of a minor from an individual later identified as Rodriguez in April 2015. After a search of Rodriguez’s home revealed numerous computers and electronic devices being used to view and store child pornography, Rodriguez admitted to possessing and producing child pornography. Agents found approximately 133 images and 302 videos of child sexual abuse material on Rodriguez’s devices, in addition to the sexually explicit images Rodriguez produced of a girl under 10 years old.
The charge of sexual exploitation of a minor is punishable by at least 15, and up to 30, years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and five years, up to a life term, of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for November 8, 2016, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, and the Idaho ICAC Task Force.
This case 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.”