San Antonio man gets 17 years for child porn
A San Antonio man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 17 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra sentenced Guadalupe Garcia III, 26, to 210 months in a case that was investigated by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office but was prosecuted by federal authorities.
Garcia pleaded guilty in July and his plea agreement said the local law enforcement agency received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that child pornography was being downloaded on a Dropbox account.
Deputy Jeff Allovio, a retired FBI agent who still serves on an FBI task force that investigates child exploitation cases, said that he and other investigators were able to connect the account to Garcia and moved in quickly at his trailer home in Southwest Bexar County.
“Our biggest concern is he had access to a 1-and-a-half-year old child,” Allovio said, explaining why Garcia was arrested when law officers served a search warrant in May.
During the raid, Garcia admitted having an addiction to pornography, including child porn, his plea deal said. His cell phone was seized and numerous images of child porn were found depicting 75 series, or collections of images of 75 separate children, Allovio and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson said after the sentence was handed down.
Allovio said Garcia was an administrator of child porn groups on the social media app Kik, and also had child porn in his Dropbox account. His interest was in pre-school children, according to Allovio and Thompson.
“He was actively accessing child pornography for four years,” Thompson said.
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