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GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) — A 34-year-old man named Luis Vasquez-Sanchez, was sentenced Wednesday morning by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 100 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in March 2015 to one count of transportation of child pornography.
Vasquez-Sanchez, a citizen of Honduras, was in custody since his arrest in January 2015 on a related federal criminal complaint. Authorities will refer him for deportation proceedings following his incarceration.
According to documents filed in the case, the investigation began in July 2014 when a detective with the Plano Police Department, working in an undercover capacity to identify people participating in the distribution of child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children through the use of peer-to-peer file sharing, identified Vasquez-Sanchez as someonel linked to a computer that was making images of child pornography available to share.
In January 2015, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) contacted and consensually interviewed Vasquez-Sanchez at his home, and he allowed agents to search his computer. During that search, several images and videos of child pornography were discovered. A subsequent forensic examination of the computer revealed more than 100 images and 50 videos of child pornography. Some of the images and videos he collected depicted sadistic and/or violent content, and some of the files depicted infants and toddlers.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims.
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