CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A
30-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison for the rest
of his life following his admission he sexually assaulted four minor females,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Matthew Joseph Lucio pleaded guilty
April 3, 2018, to two counts each of online solicitation and production of
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos imposed the sentence, further
ordering Lucio to pay $10,000 in restitution.
Additional information was also
presented today, including testimony that one adult and eight minor females had
reported Lucio drugged and sexually assaulted them. The court heard that
authorities discovered several photographs of what appeared to be young females
on Lucio’s digital devices along with more than 24,000 pages of social media
communications between him and other unidentified minor females that were
sexual in nature. Other images included photographs of Lucio with
narcotics and holding firearms. The court also heard from the victims’
relatives detailing how Lucio’s offenses has impacted the their lives and their
In November 2017, the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified authorities
that Lucio had solicited a minor female via an internet messaging application
for sexual intercourse. Law enforcement identified the minor female who confirmed
the abuse. Days later, law enforcement received another NCMEC report that Lucio
solicited a different minor female via an internet messaging application for
sexual intercourse. Authorities identified the second minor female who
also confirmed the abuse.
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. Both minors were located and also confirmed the
abuse. All four minor females reported that Lucio drugged them before
they were sexually assaulted.
Lucio was arrested on
federal charges in February 2018 and has been in custody since that time where
he will remain pending transfer to a U.S.
Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Corpus Christi Police
Department—Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Nueces County
District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation with the assistance of
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