HOUSTON - A 44-year-old man from Humble has received a
massive federal prison sentence following his convictions for sexual
exploitation of a child as well as receipt and possession of child pornography,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Moises Valdez pleaded guilty April 4,
Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller handed Valdez a
sentence of 360 months for the sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as
production of child pornography. He also received 240 months for the receipt of
child pornography and another 120 months for the possession of child
pornography. The sentences will all run consecutively for a total of 720 months
in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system. Valdez also
received a lifetime of supervised release.
Valdez came to the attention of law enforcement following
an investigation which began May 22, 2015, into persons using the internet to
traffic in child pornography. An FBI special agent was able to locate and
identify Valdez as the owner of a computer offering to participate in the
distribution and receipt of child pornography movies through a peer-to-peer
On Jan. 29, 2016, authorities executed a search warrant
at Valdez’ residence, at which time, they seized a laptop and a desktop
computer located within a bedroom belonging to Valdez. A forensic review
resulted in the discovery of approximately 75 images and more than 180 videos
of child pornography.
Additionally, agents also found one particular video that
appeared to be taken from a cellular phone which agents believed Valdez had
produced. This video was of an underage female being vaginally penetrated by an
adult male penis. Also depicted in the video was an adult male’s fingers that
can be seen spreading open the vagina of the child who appears to be sleeping
throughout the sexual assault.
Agents were able to identify the bedroom as that of
belonging to Valdez.
On March 8, 2016, agents contacted and interviewed
Valdez’ wife who identified the child depicted in the video as a minor relative
who would have been four –years-old at the time of the assault. She further
able identified body parts of Valdez that were seen in the video.
A warrant for his arrested was issued that day, but he
had absconded. Authorities ultimately apprehended him April 18, 2016, upon his
entry into the United States from Mexico. The investigation revealed he had
fled to Mexico after he learned agents had identified him as the male in the
At the sentencing hearing today, the court heard evidence
regarding a pattern of abuse which rendered Valdez a repeat and dangerous sex
offender. The court heard that Valdez had sexually abused three other minor
females in addition to the four-year-old victim from the video. These victims
were either family members or were children whom Valdez acted as a father
figure. One victim was as young as three-years-old when the abuse began. The
total amount of abuse on these victims spanned several years. Further, one of
the victims told the court that what Valdez did destroyed her family.
The FBI conducted the investigation.
Valdez has been and will remain in custody pending
transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near
This case, being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney
Kimberly Ann Leo, 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<http://www.usdoj.gov/psc>.
For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc<http://www.usdoj.gov/psc>
and click on the tab "resources."