Victoria man sentenced to prison on federal child pornography

Man in Victoria sentenced to prison on federal child pornography

VICTORIA, Texas- A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to federal prison for obtaining more than 5,000 images of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

According to a release by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, Paul Thomas Rosales pleaded guilty September 8, 2020 to child porn charges.

Below is a statement by the Department of Justice from the news release:

Today, U.S. District Judge David S. Morales ordered Rosales to serve a 176-month sentence. At the hearing, the court also heard about the 5,84 confirmed images on his digital devices which included child victims approximately 2-3 years old and younger. One involved an infant child. Rosales also had admitted he possessed approximately 50,000 child pornographic images, many involving children between 5-16 years of age.

Rosales will serve 15 years on supervised release during which the court can then decide on the conditions and he will also be required to register as a sex offender, according to Department of Justice.

“Today we are reminded of how heinous crimes against children are, as some of Rosales’ youngest victims were infants,” said Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of FBI. “The FBI will continue to work tirelessly to protect children from sexual exploitation and bring these reprehensible predators to justice.”

Initially, authorities had linked Rosales to explicit images found on a peer-to-peer network.

The area task force investigated and led them to Rosales’ home in Victoria.

The task force searched a seized numerous digital devices, according to the release.

Forensic analysis ultimately revealed over 5,000 images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, some of which included children under the age of 5.

At the time of his plea, Rosales admitted to receiving the pornographic images.

Previously released on bond, he was taken into custody following the sentencing today where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI – Corpus Christi Resident Agency and Victoria Police Department conducted the investigation along with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.