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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cuero Man Gets Max Sentence for Possession of Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – George Deleon, 65, of Cuero, has been sentenced for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. He pleaded guilty March 2, 2015.

Late yesterday, he received a sentence of 120 months in federal prison, the statutory maximum, to be immediately followed by 15 years of supervised release.

On May 1, 2013, authorities learned of an allegation of sexual assault involving Deleon and a child victim. Deleon admitted to sexually assaulting the victim, at which time authorities received consent from Deleon to search his cellular telephone. A forensic examination of that phone led to the discovery of 96 images of children involved in sexual explicit conduct.

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

The charges against Deleon was the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and Cuero Police Department.

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."

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Updated July 7, 2015