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South Padre Island man sentenced for child pornography convictions

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

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A 25-year-old local man has been ordered to federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography and transferring obscene material to a minor, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Miguel Angel Lopez pleaded guilty Oct. 24, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. sentenced Lopez to a total of 180 months in federal prison. Lopez was further ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution to the victims and will serve 15 years 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. Lopez will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

In January 2018, authorities initiated an investigation into child pornography sharing on the internet. This led them to the address of Lopez in Brownsville.

Law enforcement later executed a search at his residence and seized several electronic and digital devices. Forensic analysis resulted in the discovery of  63,975 unique images and 853 unique videos of child pornography.

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

Homeland Security Investigations - Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ana C. Cano and Jason Corley are prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.

Updated July 29, 2021

Project Safe Childhood