BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — A U.S. District Judge has ordered a Brownsville man to serve six-and-a-half years in federal prison for possessing child pornography, according to a press release.
Alvaro Vega-Rodriguez, 27, pleaded guilty in February 2020 for possessing almost 1,500 images of minors.
U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera Jr. ordered Vega-Rodriguez to serve a six-and-a-half-year sentence at a federal prison, followed by 20 years of probation as a registered sex offender.
In June 2019, an investigation targeting child pornography sharing on the internet led Homeland Security Investigation’s Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force to Vega-Rodriguez.
Authorities searched his house and seized his computer, in which they found approximately 1,488 images and 121 videos of child pornography.
Vega-Rodriguez was allowed to stay on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.