Lubbock, Texas (KWKT) — A west Texas man pleaded guilty Friday to one count of possessing prepubescent child pornography, and aiding and abetting.
Jose Fidencio Perez, 40, of Seagraves, Texas, who remains on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.
This guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Office of the Attorney General of New Mexico Investigations Division.
According to documents filed in the case, Perez used a file-sharing program on his computer to download child pornography. In the course of searching for depictions of sexually explicit conduct, Perez downloaded and viewed numerous videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the report is completed.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy is in charge of the prosecution.
This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.