EL PASO – A federal grand jury in El Paso returned an indictment yesterday charging a Socorro man with two counts of child pornography.
According to court documents, from October 30, 2020 to January 21, 2022, Hector Anthony Segura, 33, allegedly downloaded numerous visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct onto his electronic devices.
Segura is charged with one count of Receipt and Distribution of a Visual Depiction Involving the Sexual Violation of a Minor and one count of Possession of a Visual Depiction Involving the Sexual Violation of a Minor. The defendant is scheduled for his arraignment on March 11, 2022 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Schydlower of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison on the receipt and distribution charge and up to 20 years in prison for the possession charge. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey made the announcement.
The FBI is investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Valenzuela is prosecuting 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 www.justice.gov/psc.
An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.