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Previously Deported Mexican Citizen Heads to Prison for Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 33-year-old Mexican citizen caught entering the U.S. illegally has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Jesus Hernandez-Ramos pleaded guilty Jan. 4, 2016.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed him a sentence of 86 months in federal prison to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Hernandez-Ramos will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. As an illegal alien, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release.

Hernandez-Ramos was apprehended in April 2014 by Border Patrol agents as part of a group of people that were being smuggled into the U.S. When questioned, Ramos admitted to being here  illegally. At the time of his arrest, authorities seized a cellular telephone from Ramos. Forensic analysis of the device ultimately revealed more than 980 images and 35 videos of child pornography.

Many of the images also depicted infants.

Ramos was arrested on the federal charges in November 2015 and has been in custody since the time where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Duval County Sherriff’s Office, Border Patrol and the Corpus Christi Police Department – 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."

 

Updated March 16, 2016

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Project Safe Childhood