FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Public Affairs Officer
HOUSTON - Another local man is headed to federal prison
for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Houston resident Miguel Alejandro Morales-Garcia pleaded guilty Feb. 7, 2018.
Today, District Judge David Hittner sentenced a to 327
months in prison to be immediately followed by a lifetime term of supervised
release 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.
The more than 27-year-sentence comes a day after a
suburban man received 35 years also for sexually exploiting a child as well as
possessing child pornography<https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/kingwood-resident-gets-35-years-sexual-exploitation-child>.
The investigation into Morales began when an agent with
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),
acting in an undercover capacity, entered an online chat room. At that time,
the agent observed a user, later identified as Morales, stream a live video of
what appeared to be a minor female who was three to five years of age. The
minor was watching a video or show on a tablet with a blue case while wearing
white ear bud style headphones. Within seconds, the camera angle panned to the
right and showed Morales masturbating. The distance between Morales and the
minor victim appeared to be a few inches and the only thing separating Morales
and the minor victim was a small brown pillow.
Through the investigation, agents identified the minor
victim as being a relative of Morales. Agents performed a forensic examination
on his iPhone pursuant to a federal search warrant and discovered images of
Morales engaging in sexual contact with the minor victim.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer
to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
HSI conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Ann Leo prosecuted 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