“Babysitter” Charged with Producing Child Pornography
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Rosa Linda Ganceres, 53, of Mathis, has been charged in a criminal complaint for sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
According to the federal criminal complaint filed this morning, Ganceres and her boyfriend - Daniel Benson Billman, a registered sex offender - placed an ad on craigslist offering babysitting services. The victim’s mother answered the ad and Ganceres was supposed to care for the child, according to the allegations. Instead, Billman sexually assaulted the two-year-old girl while Ganceres allegedly recorded the assault.
Authorities executed a search warrant at Billman’s residence and seized a cellular telephone. Forensic examination led to the discovery of a video of the child involved in sexual explicit conduct that Ganceres allegedly recorded.
Billman has pleaded guilty for his crimes. In March 2016, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced him to 50 years in federal prison.
Ganceres is in custody and expected to make her initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington.
If convicted, she faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 fine.
The charges are the result of the investigative efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, Aransas Pass Police Department and Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez, 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, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.