HOUSTON – A 28-year-old man from Channelview has
entered a guilty plea to the receipt and possession of child pornography,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick.
Lucio Banda first came to the attention of law enforcement
after they found multiple images of child pornography associated with his
Authorities conducted a search at his residence, at which
time they seized Samsung Galaxy Note 3 cellular phone and a San Disk Micro SD
Ultra flash drive and a San Disk Ultra Plush flash memory card. Forensic
analysis ultimately uncovered 2,191 images and 251 videos contained child
pornography which included a substantial number of files with minor females
under the age of five. Some of the images are known victims identified through
the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
At the time of the search,
he admitted the child pornography was his as well as the online account he used
to obtain child pornography. Today, Banda acknowledged using peer-to-peer
software to search for, download and obtain child pornography. He also admitted
to viewing child pornography for at least five years and that he had been doing
so for at least two to three years.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt accepted the plea to day
and set sentencing for June 11, 2018. At that time, Banda faces a minimum of
five and up to 20 years for the receipt and a maximum of 10 years for
possession of child pornography. Each convicted also carries a possible
$250,000 maximum fine.
He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie N. Searle is prosecuting the
case which 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. For more information about
Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.
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