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New Braunfels Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

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

SAN ANTONIO – A New Braunfels man was sentenced in federal court in San Antonio today to 15 years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

According to court documents, Guy Mason Roden, 30, distributed hundreds of files containing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) between Nov. 27, 2020 and the end of March 2021, using a peer-to-peer file sharing network known as uTorrent.  The investigation into Roden’s activity began when a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) special agent in San Angelo was investigating host computers in Texas that were actively sharing CSAM via uTorrent and identified the IP address associated to Roden’s computer. Months later, a DPS CID special agent in San Antonio identified the same IP address as actively distributing CSAM via the file sharing network.  DPS and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents executed a federal search warrant at Roden’s New Braunfels home on April 16, 2021, seizing Roden’s computer.  Roden was arrested on Feb 22, 2022.  He’s remained in custody since. 

In addition to the prison sentence, Roden was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to four victims.

“Crimes involving child pornography impact victims long after the abuse was first committed,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas.  “Protecting children will always be a priority in my office and I commend our law enforcement partners at the federal and state levels for their continued work in investigating these cases.”

DPS investigated the case with assistance from HSI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Calve prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated July 20, 2023

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Project Safe Childhood