GALVESTON - A 37-year-old Galveston sex offender has been
ordered to federal prison following his conviction for distribution and
possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Adam Vargas pleaded guilty April 21, 2017.
Today, Judge George C. Hanks ordered Vargas to serve 300
months in prison for the distribution charge and 240 months in prison for the
possession charge to run concurrently. Vargas was further ordered supervised
release for life 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. He will also be ordered to register as a sex
offender. In imposing the sentence, the court noted his prior conviction of two
counts of aggravated sexual assault against a minor.
Vargas came to the attention of law enforcement after
investigators found evidence he was uploading child pornography to his DropBox
account. A search warrant was executed on Vargas' residence on Sep. 24, 2015,
at which time investigators found the cellphone he used to upload and store the
child pornography. During a forensic examination on that phone, agents found
more than 2,000 images and 1,100 videos of child pornography. This was in
addition to the numerous images and videos of child pornography found in his
The FBI and the Galveston Police Department conducted the
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney
Kimberly Ann Leo, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the
growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United
States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and
Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local
resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit
children, and to identify and rescue victims.