The federal government devotes large amounts of time and money to federal child pornography offenses. Sentences are usually harsh.
In a recent case, a Fort Worth man was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison after admitting child pornography offenses.
A report in the Dallas Morning News noted Pedro Jose Meza, 35, admitted charges of production and distribution of child pornography last year.
In the summer of 2014, Meza persuaded a six-year-old girl to take part in sexually explicit acts, court papers state.
He was accused of producing a visual depiction of the conduct in a Fort Worth home while Meza was living there with the child and her mother.
Federal investigators said a separate offense occurred in October 2015. Meza was accused of using the internet and the Kik messaging application to disseminate a video of a man engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl.
Meza was sentenced to the maximum penalty under federal law. He has remained in custody since his arrest in 2015.
People who deal in child pornography face stiff sentences from the federal government. Texas has also cracked down on this crime in recent years.
As we explain on our website, you don’t have to have known or been in contact with a child to have committed a crime. If you use the internet to send out materials of a sexual nature involving minors, you will face serious consequences.
The mere possession of child pornography, whether it’s shared or not, is a crime. A prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly and intentionally has possession of pornographic materials depicting a child known to be under the age of 18 who is engaged in sexual conduct.
If six or more identical images of a child taking part in sexual conduct are discovered in Texas, state prosecutors presume the owner had intent to promote the materials.
The penalties for child pornography offenses are very severe. It’s not unknown for first-time offenders to be jailed for 20 years after a federal investigation. If you have been charged with an offense of this nature, you should retain a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Call our Tarrant County criminal defense attorney at (682) 204-4066.