Houston Man Convicted of Multiple Child Pornography Charges
HOUSTON – A 28-year-old Houston man has entered a guilty plea to two counts of production and one count of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Robert Matthew Jimenez admitted he had solicited named images of a 14-year-old girl who resided in Buffalo, New York.
The girl’s father had learned that someone she believed was a 17-year-old male had contacted her via the Internet. The father reported to authorities that his minor daughter had been sending naked images of herself at the request of that person. However, the investigation revealed it was not a 17-year-old boy, but was, in fact, Jimenez.
He had manipulated the minor female and caused her to take images of herself, images that constitute child pornography. The investigation revealed he had also done this to at least one other identified minor female.
Jimenez texted the minors and used social media applications such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to manipulate the minors into sending the images. He was often abusive and aggressive in his communications with them.
Authorities executed a search warrant at his Houston residence which resulted in the discovery of the second victim. Authorities also discovered that he also sent a picture of his genitalia to that victim.
Jimenez is believed to have contacted dozens of other females.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas accepted the plea today and has set sentencing for April 17, 2018. At that time, Jimenez faces a minimum of 15 and up to 30 years in prison for each of the production counts as well as another 10 years for the possession. The charges also carry a potential fine of up to $250,000. He will also be ordered to serve a minimum of five years and up to 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 have to register as a sex offender.
He will remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack prosecuted the case 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."