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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 14, 2014

El Paso Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Production Of Child Pornography

In El Paso today, 48-year-old Tomas Steven Quinones was sentenced to 225 months in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release for production of child pornography announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Dennis Ulrich.

On August 29, 2013, HSI agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized over 90 assorted computers, accessories and other miscellaneous items including laptop computers, desktop computers, computer hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks, flash drives, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. A subsequent forensics examination of the seized items revealed the presence of approximately 25,000 images of child pornography. 

On May 7, 2014, Quinones pleaded guilty to production of child pornography.  By pleading guilty, Quinones admitted to producing a video in December 2010 in which he knowingly persuaded and enticed two minors to take part in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a video depiction of such conduct.  Quinones is seen and heard throughout the video instructing the children on how to have sex. 

“This 18-year sentence sends a clear message that those who exploit children in any way will face serious consequences,” said Special Agent in Charge, Dennis Ulrich, HSI El Paso. “Preventing and investigating crimes against children is a high priority for HSI. We will continue to dedicate law enforcement resources to identify and bring to justice child predators who traumatize and victimize children.”

Assistant United States Attorney Rifian Newaz prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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Updated December 15, 2014