Dallas Man In Federal Custody For Possessing Prepubescent Child Pornography
DALLAS — A Dallas man is in federal custody after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence and found him in possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Jose de Jesus Galicia-Fuentes, 58, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging possession of prepubescent child pornography. He made his initial appearance yesterday afternoon before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Dallas who ordered him detained pending a hearing set for July 14, 2014.
According to the criminal complaint, an investigation into the sharing of child pornography files using peer-to-peer networks revealed that a user at a particular IP address, later determined to belong to Galicia-Fuentes, was sharing files indicative of child pornography. In April 2014, the user shared at least 27 unique files with keywords or names indicative of child pornography, hash values matching identified child victims, or files containing images previously identified as child pornography. As recently as July 2, 2014, the user was sharing 125 unique files of investigative interest.
Yesterday, special agents with the FBI’s Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force and officers with the Dallas Police Department executed a federal search warrant at Galicia-Fuentes’ apartment in North Dallas. Law enforcement located several videos on Galicia-Fuentes’ laptop depicting prepubescent child pornography.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The maximum statutory penalty for the offense as charged is 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.
The matter 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 FBI’s Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force and the Dallas Police Department are conducting the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks is in charge of the prosecution.