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San Antonio Man Gets 20 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography

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

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man was sentenced in federal court in San Antonio to 240 months in prison for distribution of child pornography.

According to court documents, David Alejandro Bautista, 32, distributed numerous files depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Conducting a search warrant, federal agents seized 21 electronic devices from Bautista’s home, revealing more than 15,000 image files and over 8,200 video files containing child sexual abuse material.

In addition to imprisonment, Bautista was ordered to pay $84,000 restitution, special assessments in the amounts of $100, $5,000 and $35,000, and he must forfeit his electronic devices.

“This lengthy two-decade prison sentence reflects the horrendous damage that has been caused and furthered by the defendant’s actions,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas. “Thank you to our law enforcement partners for their critical investigation. Together, we will continue to track down and prosecute offenders in the interest of protecting innocent children and keeping our communities safe.”

“Today, the defendant received a just punishment for his depraved actions. These sentences are important to help in the fight to protect children and to deter others from engaging in such crimes,” said Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee for the Homeland Security Investigations San Antonio Division. “HSI will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals who exploit our most vulnerable victims.”

HSI investigated the case with valuable assistance from the San Antonio Police Department.

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 18, 2023

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