Prominent San Antonio Photographer Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges
In San Antonio, 47–year-old professional photographer Christopher Alexander Reilly, doing business as Chris Reilly Photography, faces between five and 40 years in federal prison after pleading guilty this afternoon to federal child pornography charges announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Elizabeth S. Chestney, Reilly pleaded guilty to one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of receipt of child pornography. By pleading guilty, Reilly admittedly downloaded child pornography from the Internet onto a computer hard drive in December 2016. Furthermore, he knowingly transported child pornography on his laptop computer on a trip from Texas to California in January 2017. According to court records, on January 24, 2017, a data recovery firm reported to the FBI that they discovered videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a computer hard drive submitted for recovery by the defendant.
The forensic examination of the information contained on the laptop computer as well as the external hard drive revealed numerous video and image files depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Also contained on the external hard drive were video files of minor children, taken surreptitiously by the defendant, depicting the clothed genital areas of the children, as they stretched, walked and engaged in conversation with Reilly.
Reilly remains in federal custody. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:00am on February 26, 2018, before Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra.
Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Thompson is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.