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Texas National Guard Soldier Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

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

DEL RIO, Texas – A Fort Worth man active in the Texas National Guard was sentenced in a federal court in Del Rio to 72 months in prison and ordered to pay a $17,000 assessment for possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers conducted a traffic stop near Del Rio on Dec. 17, 2021. Jesus Gaytan III, 23, and a minor were passengers in the vehicle and, upon questioning, disclosed that they were in a sexual relationship. A review of Gaytan’s cell phone revealed video of Gaytan and the minor involved in sexual acts. Gaytan was arrested during the traffic stop and has remained in federal custody since. He pleaded guilty on March 14, 2022 to one count of possession of child pornography.

“The possession of child pornography is a serious offense and anyone in violation will be prosecuted accordingly,” said U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas. “I appreciate the professionalism and dedication of our law enforcement partners at the state and federal levels in this case, which led to this six year sentence.”

“Individuals who commit heinous acts of violence against children will be found and brought to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee for the Homeland Security Investigations San Antonio Division. “I am grateful for the cooperation of our federal partners whose collaboration is vital to find these criminals and keep them off our streets.” 

HSI and DPS investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rex Beasley 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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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Updated December 1, 2023

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Project Safe Childhood