LAREDO, Texas – A 24-year-old Mexican national has admitted to having child pornography on his phone, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Christian Dolores Munoz-De La Rosa pleaded guilty to transporting and possessing child pornography.
As part of his plea, Munoz-De La Rosa admitted that on June 6 he was part of a group of undocumented aliens caught near Carrizo Springs. At the time of his arrest, authorities examined his phone and soon discovered the child pornography images.
There were a total of 116 images of child pornography, some of which involved a child as young as three.
U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo will impose sentencing Nov. 9. At that time, Munoz-De La Rosa faces up to 20 years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol.
Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez 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. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources link on that page.