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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Brownsville Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 28-year-old Brownsville man has been sentenced following his conviction of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Cristhian Osornio pleaded guilty Nov. 17, 2016.

Today, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen sentenced Osornio to 78 months in federal prison. Osornio was further ordered to pay restitution to the victims and will serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

In October 2015, authorities conducted an undercover internet operation and found child pornography being distributed online. The investigation led them to an address in Brownsville linked to Osornio. Law enforcement later executed a search and seizure warrant at the address and seized a computer belonging to Osornio. Forensic analysis on the device revealed 845 images and 1,300 videos of child pornography.

He was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service at a later date.  

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) - Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ana Cano and Jason Corley prosecuted the case.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated March 13, 2018