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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 22, 2019

Mexican Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Flores-Torres, 25, a citizen of Mexico living in Dunkirk, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Upon completion of his sentence, the defendant is subject to deportation proceedings.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy V. Murray, who is handling the case, stated that on June 5, 2018, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence in Dunkirk, NY. Law enforcement officers seized the defendant’s Samsung Galaxy S3 cellular telephone which contained 79 images and 14 videos of child pornography. Some of the images depicted prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years-old, as well as depictions of violence. Torres also received and distributed images constituting child pornography from and to others with whom he communicated using a cellular telephone and the internet.
 
As part of his plea, the defendant admitted that he engaged in sexual contact with two minor victims under the age of 18 (minor victim 1 and minor victim 2). Between April 1, 2018, and June 1, 2018, Torres engaged in sexual contact with minor victim 1 on two separate occasions. Between June 1, 2017, and December 30, 2017, the defendant had sexual contact with minor victim 2.

Today’s plea is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 31, 2019, before Judge Villardo.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 22, 2019