Mission Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case

MCALLEN–A Mission man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for receiving child pornography via the internet, federal prosecutors announced.

At the sentencing hearing today, U.S. District Judge Randy Crane took into consideration that Julian Gonzalez, 31 has obtained more than 130 videos of child pornography via the Internet.  The videos depicted young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and included images of children under the age of 12 years old, some of which are of known victims who have been identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Judge Crane also ordered Gonzalez to pay restitution in the amount of $926,560.09 for one such known victim. Upon release from prison, he will be on supervised release for life during which time he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty last July 29.  At that time, he acknowledged that on March 23, an Alton Police officer and a Texas Ranger made contact with him regarding an investigation into allegations that he had taken inappropriate videos of a 12-year-old with his cellular phone. Gonzalez provided both his cell phone and his personal computer to the officers consenting to review of the items, at which time the officers discovered videos of child pornography.
The officers then contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) to aid in the forensic examination of that computer and a second computer subsequently found belonging to Gonzalez. Gonzalez was arrested the same day. 
 
Gonzalez was indicted in May. In state custody since his arrest in March by state officials, Gonzalez was transferred into federal custody on May 11 where he will remain pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
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