CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 52-year-old illegal
alien who resided in Corpus Christi been sentenced to federal prison for
possessing more than 10 thousand child pornography images, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Baldemar Cardenas-Martinez pleaded guilty May 20,
Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D.
Rainey ordered Cardenas to serve a 63-month term of imprisonment. After his
sentence, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to
restrict his access to children and the internet and register as a sex
offender. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings
following his sentence.
A Mexican citizen, Cardenas was originally
granted a Visa which expired in 1997. He has been illegally present in the
United States since that time.
The investigation began when authorities went
online on a peer-to-peer network which catered to offenders sharing child
pornography. Law enforcement was able to download multiple images from the
device which belonged to Cardenas.
They conducted a search warrant, at which
time they seized multiple electronic devices from the residence. A forensic
examination of those devices revealed 10,673 child pornography files.
The Corpus Christi Police Department –
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Immigration and Custom’s
Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany L. Jensen is prosecuting the case,
which 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. For more information about internet
safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab