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Lubbock Man Sentenced to 135 months in Federal Prison for the Transportation of a Minor Child With Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas — Marcos Daniel Chairez, 26, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 135 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in March 2016 to one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.  Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Chairez has been in custody since his arrest on other charges in October 2015.

According to documents filed in this case, in December 2010, Chairez traveled from El Paso, Texas, to West Monroe, Louisiana, driving through the Northern District of Texas, to transport a minor child from Louisiana to his residence in El Paso, where he planned to engage in sexual activity with her. Chairez had been communicating with the minor for approximately two years. After arriving at his residence in El Paso, Chairez acted on his intent to engage in sexual activity with the minor.   

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  For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy was in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated June 24, 2016

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