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Northern District of Texas

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Plainview, Texas, Man Sentenced To 210 Months In Federal Prison For Producing Child Pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas—Jose Francisco Madrigal, Jr., 43, of Plainview, Texas, was sentenced last Friday, by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, to 210 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in August 2013 to one count of production of child pornography.  Judge Cummings remanded Madrigal, who had been on bond, into custody.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

In October 2012, according to plea documents filed in the case, Madrigal, using a digital camera and aiming the camera through a hole in a bathroom wall, took sexually explicit videos of a female child, while the child was taking a shower.

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 investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Plainview Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015