Corpus Christi Man Gets Lengthy Sentence for Child Porn Production

CORPUS CHRISTI–A Corpus Christi man will spend more than 21 years in federal prison after he was sentenced Thursday for production of chid pornography.

Jose Rene Alaniz, 43, has been sentenced to 260 months following his conviction for sexual exploitation of a child, federal prosecutors said.
 
Alaniz pleaded guilty to the charge March 1, admitting he used the name “Jonathan Rendon” as an alias to communicate with numerous children on Internet-based social networking sites.
 
After serving the 260-month term ordered by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos, Alaniz will be on supervised release for life and he will also have to register as a sex offender.
 
On August 16 of last year, a concerned father of a 12-year-old daughter reported the discovery of inappropriate messages on her phone from an individual calling himself “Jonathan Rendon,” claiming to be 18 years old. Alaniz was requesting that the girl send him naked photos of herself.
 
The victim’s father allowed detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s (CCPD) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) access his daughter’s accounts and online identity. ICAC detectives began communicating with Alaniz via the Internet and text messaging, during which he repeatedly expressed his sexual interest in children and his desire to receive sexually explicit photographs from a child he knew to be 12 years old.
 
CCPD-ICAC enlisted the help of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to conduct a joint investigation of the unlawful activities of Alaniz. When the police told Alaniz the girl did not have a camera with which to take the nude photos he was requesting, he agreed to provide one.
 
On October 5, Alaniz was filmed dropping off a camera at the pre-arranged location for the child’s use.
 
The next day, federal search warrants were executed on his home and place of employment and numerous electronic media storage devices were seized.
 
An examination of those devices revealed that Alaniz had victimized other children.
 
Alaniz has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain until he’s transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility in the near future.
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