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Southern District of Texas

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Corpus Man Sent to Prison for Distributing Sexually-Explicit Images of Children

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 37-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to prison following his admissions to distributing child pornography on at least two occasions, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. David Medina pleaded guilty May 16, 2018.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Medina to 102 months in prison. In imposing the sentence, the court noted Medina “needs help” and considered victim impact letters detailing the effect of the continued distribution of images depicting how they were sexually abused as children. Medina was further ordered to serve 10 years of 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. Medina will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

In September 2016, the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force conducted an investigation on a file sharing network looking for potential offenders sharing child pornography. An officer was eventually able to download many images of child pornography from a computer and a specific IP address linked to David Medina in Corpus Christi. Agents obtained a search warrant for Medina’s residence, after which agents seized several digital devices that led to the discovery of more than 3,500 images and 28 videos of child pornography.  

Another investigation in 2017 led authorities to a different computer sharing child pornography which was traced to a second residence in Corpus Christi linked to Medina. He cellular phone was seized and allegedly found to contain more than 1,000 images and 95 videos of child pornography.

In Feb. 21, 2018, authorities received information that someone was downloading child pornography at a hotel in Corpus Christi. Medina was found to be renting a room at that location and seized his laptop as part of the investigation. At that time, Medina again admitting to distributing child pornography.

He has been an will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Hugo R. Martinez prosecuting the case. AUSA Brittany Jensen handled the sentencing on this matter, which 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 August 21, 2018