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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Corpus Christi Man Sentenced For Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Sylvestre Reyes, Jr., 40, of Corpus Christi, has been ordered to prison for nearly 25 years following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Reyes pleaded guilty in February 2015.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge sentenced Reyes to 290 months in federal prison and will be on supervised release for the rest of his life. He must also register as a sex offender

In June 2014, law enforcement was dispatched to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in reference to a sexual assault of a child. The victim was identified and confirmed the abuse. Authorities conducted a search warrant and seized the cellular telephone of both Reyes and the victim which resulted in the discovery of 42 images of a child involved in sexually explicit conduct.

Reyes has remained in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The charges against Reyes were the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and Corpus Christi Police Department – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Hugo R. Martinez and Special AUSA Brittany Jensen, 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."

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Updated April 30, 2015