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South Texan imprisoned for producing child pornography of two minors for over a year

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

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 34-year-old Weslaco man has been sentenced for possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Ulysses Rubalcava pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2023.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. considered victim impact statements and imposed a total of 360 months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court noted Rubalcava’s remorse, but explained how society deems these crimes as particularly heinous and that the court must protect children and the public to deter this type of crime. Garza was further ordered to serve 24 years on supervised release following the completion of his sentence. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. A restitution hearing has been scheduled for April 23.

The investigation began in June 2021 when authorities learned of concerning behavior and photos believed to be the sexual assault of a child.

Law enforcement conducted a search of Rubalcava’s cellphone in which they discovered numerous saved child pornography files including the sexual assault of two minors. Following an investigation, authorities determined Rubalcava had been grooming and abusing two minor girls for more than a year. He eventually began producing child pornography images and videos of himself with the young girls.

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

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ana C. Cano prosecuted 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 February 20, 2024

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