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Poteet Man to Serve 30 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Sexual Abuse Material

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

SAN ANTONIO – A Poteet man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for production of child pornography.

According to court documents, Armando Anthony Vidales, 25, of Poteet uploaded and emailed multiple files of child sexual abuse material from one personal email account to another.  The email service provider generated a CyberTipline Report through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) online portal.  Following a joint investigation, law enforcement officers with the Texas Office of Attorney General (TX OAG) and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Vidales on federal charges.

The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas and Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee of the HSI San Antonio Division made the announcement.

HSI and the TX OAG investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bettina Richardson 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


Updated December 9, 2022

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