Federal Child Pornography Charge Filed Against Prominent San Antonio Photographer
In San Antonio, 46–year-old professional photographer Christopher Alexander Reilly, doing business as Chris Reilly Photography, is charged with one count of receipt of child pornography announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
A federal complaint unsealed this morning, alleges that Reilly downloaded child pornography from the Internet onto a computer hard drive last month. According to the complaint, on January 24, 2017, a data recovery firm reported to the FBI that they discovered videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on one of two hard drives submitted for recovery by the defendant.
FBI agents took possession of both computer hard drives and on Tuesday, executed a search warrant at Reilly’s residence where they seized his cellphone as well as an assortment of photography equipment, computers, and storage devices.
At this time, investigators have not positively identified any of Reilly's clients or subjects of his professional photography in child porn images. However, the investigation is continuing.
“As this investigation moves forward, the FBI will continue to focus significant resources on identifying and notifying those who were potentially victimized by the defendant to ensure they are provided appropriate access to victim services and support,” stated FBI SAC Combs. “Anyone possessing information about improper or unlawful activities by Reilly or the production of child pornography should contact the FBI in San Antonio at (210) 225-6741.”
Reilly remains in federal custody following his arrest yesterday afternoon and initial appearance in federal court this morning. Upon conviction, Reilly faces between five and 20 years in federal prison. A detention hearing for the defendant is scheduled for 10:00am on February 7, 2017, before United States Magistrate Judge Henry J. Bemporad in San Antonio.
Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Thompson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.
It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.