CORPUS CHRISTI – A 40-year-old Texan has pleaded guilty to receipt of
child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Authorities had linked Paul Thomas Rosales to explicit materials
found on a peer-to-peer network. The area task force investigation soon
led them to his residence in Victoria.
They conducted a search and seized numerous digital devices. Forensic
analysis ultimately revealed approximately 200 images of children
engaged in sexually explicit conduct, some of which included children
under the age of 5.
Today, he admitted to receiving the pornographic images.
Sentencing has been set for Dec. 11 before U.S. District Judge David
S. Morales. At that time, Rosales faces up to 20 years in federal prison
and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He was permitted to remain on
bond pending that hearing.
The FBI – Corpus Christi Resident Agency and Victoria Police
Department conducted the investigation along with the Houston Metro
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Manning 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.