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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

San Antonio Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

SAN ANTONIO – Yesterday, a San Antonio man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to court documents, Daniel Vesa, 39, coerced a minor into self-producing videos showing the child engaging in sexually explicit conduct using an online social media platform.  Vesa also forced the child to engage in sex acts with him over a two-year period.

On November 19, 2021, Vesa pleaded guilty to one count of Production of Child Pornography.  In addition to the prison sentence, Vesa was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to the victim and serve a lifetime of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Hudson made the announcement.

The FBI, along with invaluable assistance from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson 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


Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 29, 2022