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Alien Sentenced for Receiving Child Pornography

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

Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that Jose Manuel Garcia Vargas, 41, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on May 26, 2017, for receiving child pornography. The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Garcia Vargas to five years of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, he will be deported to Mexico. Should he return to the United States, he will be subject to a 10-year term of supervised release and required to register as a sex offender.


A search warrant was executed on Garcia Vargas’s home on February 16, 2016. He admitted to receiving child pornography during Skype chats. He admitted to soliciting images from young girls and requesting that they be sexually explicit. A forensic review of his computers confirmed the Skype chats. Although no child pornography was recovered from the computer, one image of child pornography had been intercepted by his internet service provider.


This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated June 2, 2017

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