CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 30-year-old
Corpus Christi man has been charged with multiple child sexual exploitation
crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Matthew Joseph Lucio is set to appear in
federal court before B. Janice Ellington at 2:00 p.m. today.
He is charged with two counts of online
solicitation and two counts of production of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint
filed Feb. 16, in November 2017, authorities received information that Lucio
allegedly solicited a minor female via an internet messaging application for
sexual intercourse. Law enforcement identified the minor female who confirmed
the abuse, according to the charges. Days later, law enforcement received
another report that Lucio allegedly solicited a different minor female via an
internet messaging application for sexual intercourse. The complaint
alleges authorities identified the second minor female who also confirmed the
The charges indicate that law
enforcement obtained a search warrant for Lucio’s residence, after which agents
seized several digital devices and located narcotics. Forensic analysis of the
devices led to the discovery of videos depicting the sexual assault of two
different minor females, according to the complaint. Both minor females were
located and also confirmed the alleged abuse.
The complaint further indicates that
Lucio allegedly drugged all four minor females before they were sexually
If convicted, Lucio faces a minimum of
10 years and up to life in federal prison for the online solicitation of a
minor charges and a minimum of 15 and up to 30 years for production of child
pornography. Lucio also faces a possible $250,000 maximum fine on each
charge, if convicted.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the
assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department - Internet Crimes Against
Children Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez
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. For more information about internet safety education, please
visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."