Irving, Texas, Man Sentenced To 132 Months In Federal Prison For Transporting And Shipping Child Pornography
DALLAS — An Irving, Texas, man was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 132 months in federal prison on a child pornography conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas
Benito Agramon Castro, 50, pleaded guilty in February 2014 to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography. He has been in custody since his arrest in December 2013.
According to documents filed in the case, an officer with the Plano Police Department, working online in an undercover capacity to identify persons participating in the distribution of child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children through peer-to-peer file sharing, identified a specific IP address that was making images of child pornography available for sharing. That IP address made approximately 559 files available for download to the undercover officer. The majority of the file names were indicative of child pornography.
The investigation revealed that the IP address belonged to Castro. A federal search warrant was executed at Castro’s residence on December 11, 2013, and child pornography was found on his computer as well as on a flash drive and on compact discs. Castro admitted that some of the images and videos he possessed depicted sadistic and/or violent content and some of the files depicted infants and toddlers.
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.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Plano Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks prosecuted.