BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 34-year-old Mexican citizen has
been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing child
pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Gustavo Eduardo Diaz-Vasquez pleaded guilty Oct. 2, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. ordered
him to serve 72 months in federal prison.
Diaz-Vasquez was further ordered to pay $9,000
in restitution to six known victims and will serve 10
years of supervised release following completion of his prison term, during
which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to
restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to
register as a sex offender. At the hearing, the court read excerpts of several
victim impact statements detailing how this is clearly not a victimless crime.
On or about Feb. 10, 2018, Diaz-Vasquez was attempting to
enter the United States through the Veteran’s Port of Entry in Brownsville when
authorities conducted a search of his cell phone. At that time, they discovered
Diaz-Vasquez was in possession of child pornography on his cell phone.
A forensic analysis later revealed approximately 142
images and 346 videos of child pornography.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer
to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations - Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jason Corley and Ana C. Cano are
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