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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 22, 2018

San Antonio Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography

In San Antonio this afternoon, a federal judge sentenced 31-year-old Nicholas Andreas Gonzalez-Malven to 45 years in federal prison for production of child pornography, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division. 

In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Gonzalez pay a $3,000 fine and be placed on supervised release for ten years after completing his prison term.

On June 14, 2017, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography.  According to court records, Gonzalez took photographs of a child on two separate occasions in 2016 that depicted sexually explicit conduct.  FBI agents recovered the photographs from a phone seized during a separate investigation.

The FBI and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office conducted this joint investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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Updated February 22, 2018