BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 26 year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography.
Pedro Angel Garcia, Brownsville, pleaded guilty May 22, 2019.
U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera Jr. sentenced Garcia to 78 months for the distribution conviction. He also received 78 months for the receipt and possession counts, respectively. The sentences will all run concurrently. Garcia will then serve 35 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Garcia will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
In October 2017, authorities learned of a Facebook user who appeared to be sending child exploitative material via the social media platform. The investigation led them to an IP address and telephone number and eventually to Garcia’s residence in Brownsville.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant and seized his personal computer. Forensic analysis resulted in the discovery of approximately 29 images and one video of child pornography in Garcia’s possession.
Garcia has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations-Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the investigation.