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Mexican national indicted for downloading pornography of prepubescent minors

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McALLEN, Texas – A 26-year-old man from Reynosa, Mexico, has been charged for receipt and possession of child pornography depicting prepubescent minors, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Today, a federal grand jury returned the two-count indictment against Ricardo Reyes-Garcia. He is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nadia S. Medrano in the near future.

According to the criminal complaint originally filed in the case, an investigation revealed Reyes-Garcia uploaded multiple files of child pornography into his Google account while in the United States. He allegedly downloaded approximately 200 videos depicting children between the ages of five and 13 and categorized them into a folder designated for child pornography.

If convicted, Reyes-Garcia faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Devin V. Walker is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources link on that page.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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