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Lasara man sent to prison on child pornography charge

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 37-year old South Texas man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Rodolfo Mireles Jr. pleaded guilty May 15, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera Jr. ordered him to serve 78 months in federal prison. Mireles was further ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution to several known victims and will serve 30 years on supervised released following completion of his prison term, during which he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He has also been ordered to register as a sex offender.

On or about Dec. 21, 2017, authorities were conducting undercover operations of ongoing child exploitative crimes on the internet through the use of peer-to-peer software. The investigation led them to an internet protocol address making child pornography available for sharing.

A search warrant at the residence of Mireles resulted in the seizure of various digital devices containing child pornography. A forensic analysis revealed he possessed 343 images and 1,646 videos of child pornography. 

Mireles 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

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ana Cano and Jason Corley prosecuted the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page

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