Abilene Man Faces Up To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Possessing Child Pornography
LUBBOCK, Texas — A 21-year-old Abilene, Texas, man appeared in federal court in Lubbock, Texas, this morning and pleaded guilty to a federal child pornography offense, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Reymundo Alejandro Sanchez pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to one count of possession of child pornography. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report. Sanchez remains on bond.
According to plea documents filed in the case, Sanchez used his cell phone to communicate with several persons using a mobile application called Kik, as well as through Facebook and other means. Many of those persons identified themselves to Sanchez as minors.
Sanchez engaged many of those persons in sexually oriented communication, which often included Sanchez sending one or more sexually explicit images of himself. In exchange, Sanchez sometimes received images or videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. One example of such child pornography was a video that Sanchez received on approximately April 30, 2014, which depicted a female minor, under age 18, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
The Abilene Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy is prosecuting the case.