San Antonio Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography
In San Antonio this morning, 37-year-old Mark Grimes was sentenced to 185 months in federal prison for distribution of child pornography announced United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr. and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio.
In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Grimes pay $26,500 restitution to the victims and be placed on supervised release for a period of ten years after completing his prison term. Following the sentencing hearing, Judge Ezra remanded Grimes into federal custody.
On June 2, 2016, Grimes pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography. By pleading guilty, Grimes admitted that in December 2013, he used his computer to distribute child pornography to others using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. Agents from the FBI’s San Antonio Division executed a search warrant for the defendant’s residence on August 5, 2014, where they seized the defendant’s computer. A subsequent forensics evaluation of the computer revealed the presence of approximately 3,800 images of child pornography.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Tracy Thompson prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.