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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 26, 2017

Dallas Man Sentenced to 240 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Child Pornography Conviction

DALLAS — A 27 year-old Dallas, Texas, man, Francisco Turrubiartes, who pleaded guilty in April 2016 to one count of production of child pornography, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 240 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

“The sexual exploitation and victimization of underage girls, here 13 years old, is a despicable and heinous crime,” said U.S. Attorney Parker. “My office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who engage in this reprehensible behavior.”

 

According to documents filed in the case, on August 10, 2012, Turrubiartes persuaded, induced and enticed a 13-year-old minor, Jane Doe #3, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. Turrubiartes using an alias pretended to be a minor female on Facebook and asked Jane Doe #3 to send nude photos. The offense began when Turrubiartes sent a Facebook message to a 15-year-old minor, Jane Doe #1, using the same alias and asked her to send nude photos of herself. After Jane Doe #1 sent him several sexually explicit photos of herself, Turrubiartes then asked Jane Doe #1 to get Jane Doe #3 to send him naked photos. Turrubiartes threatened to post Jane Doe #1’s nude images all over the internet and tell her mother if she did not get Jane Doe #3 to send him images of her. Following the August 10, 2012 incident, Jane Doe #3 received a Twitter message stating, “send more images or I will post them and tell your mom.” Turrubiartes continued threatening Jane Doe #3 for three years. He also demanded that Jane Doe #1 send sexually explicit photos of her then two-year old niece, and he asked Jane Doe #3 for nude photos of her six-year-old sister.

 

A search of Turrubiartes computer revealed several Facebook conversations with other people where Martinez asked them to send him nude photos of children.

 

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 Dallas Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600 Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov
Updated June 26, 2017