18-year-old Brownsville resident pleads guilty to pornography possession

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Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)—An 18-year-old Brownsville man has admitted to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography.

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Irbenis Mederos Jr. faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

On Sep. 28, 2020, authorities discovered the sexual exploitation of a minor child via social media. It was determined she was an eight-year-old U.S. citizen residing in Panama.

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The investigation led to an IP address in Brownsville belonging to Mederos. Law enforcement conducted a search at his residence and seized a cellphone.

The forensic analyst resulted in the discovery of 1,229 images and 110 videos of child pornography, approximately 55 of which were of a minor in Panama.

Several others also depicted child pornography involving infants and toddlers.

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U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez accepted the plea and set sentencing for Aug. 2.

At that time, Mederos faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

He has been and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

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