In Waco today, 34-year-old Justin Keith Vega of Temple, TX, was sentenced to the statutory maximum of 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., ordered that Vega pay a $5,000 fine and be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life after completing his prison term.
On April 30, 2015, Vega pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography. By pleading guilty, Vega admitted that in December 2014, he enticed and coerced a six-year old female to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purposes of producing visual depictions of the activity. This investigation was conducted by the FBI together with the Temple Police Department.
Also today, in an unrelated matter, Judge Smith sentenced 26–year-old Otis Cortez Williams of Killeen, TX, to ten years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography. Williams pleaded guilty to the charge on May 14, 2015. According to court records, investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s Office discovered that Williams was trafficking in child pornography and in April 2014, they executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence. A subsequent forensics examination of seized materials, including the defendant’s computer and related media, revealed the presence of approximately 9,500 images and 400 videos depicting child pornography.
“The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to work with local, state, and federal agencies to prosecute predators who victimize children by creating, possessing, and distributing child pornography. Children are some of our most vulnerable victims. Today’s sentences ensure that these defendants will not pose a threat to children for some time to come,” announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.
Assistant United States Attorneys Mark Frazier and Greg Gloff prosecuted these cases on behalf of the Government.