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Friday, October 4, 2019

Las Vegas Sex Offender Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Possession of Child Pornography

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A 56-year-old Las Vegas man convicted of possessing over 600 images of child sexual abuse was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to the statutory maximum of 20 years in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Following a one-day bench trial in April 2019, Gilbert Davila Jr. was convicted of one count of possession of child pornography. At the time of the offense, Davila had been previously convicted in California of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor and Lewd Acts Upon a Child Under 14.

According to court documents and facts presented during the bench trial, in August and October 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report from an online email service provider in reference to possible child pornography uploaded by a user. The report was sent to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, who in turn obtained a search warrant for information regarding the user who had uploaded the child pornography. The search warrant revealed that the user account contained more than 600 images depicting child sexual exploitation and child abuse. A search warrant was also executed at Davila’s home. Davila was interviewed after execution of the warrant and explained that he had been looking at child pornography for approximately four to five years. He also stated that he performed a factory reset on his phone on the way to the interview to delete all images and videos of child pornography saved to his phone, and that he threw the phone battery and SIM card out of the car window.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elham Roohani prosecuted the case.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, you are urged to make a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.cybertipline.org.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals, federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood and for information about internet safety education, visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.

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Updated October 4, 2019