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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mexican Citizen Heads to Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Mexican citizen who had been living in Corpus Christi has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Rogelio Alfaro Carrillo, 27, pleaded guilty Feb. 4, 2016.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered he serve a total of 72 months in federal prison. He was further ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release following completion of his prison term. During the hearing, the court heard testimony from an agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) who testified that some of the images and videos depicted children as young as four years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Carrillo will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

At the time of his plea, the court heard that officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD), while using peer-to-peer software, were able to successfully download of various files containing child pornography from an IP address that was associated with Carrillo.

In August 2015, agents executed a search warrant at Carrillo’s residence, at which time they seized various electronic devices. Forensic analysis on those devices revealed more than 1,400 images and more than 20 videos of child pornography. Carrillo admitted having an sexual interest in children and having downloaded child pornography. 

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

HSI conducted the investigation with the assistance of CCPD - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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 June 23, 2016