Illegal Alien in U.S. for 20 Years Sentenced for Possessing 10,000 Child Porn Images

By Michael W. Chapman | October 18, 2019 | 4:25pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) -- A judge for the Southern District of Texas has sentenced a Mexican national, who has resided illegally in the United States since 1997, to federal prison for 63 months for "possessing more than 10,000 child pornography images," reported U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. 

The illegal alien, 52-year-old Baldemar Cardenas-Martinez, pleaded guilty to the crime in May 2019. 

"Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey ordered Cardenas to serve a 63-month term of imprisonment," said the U.S. Attorney's office on Sept. 17.  "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," said Patrick. 

Cardenas was initially granted a Visa to visit the United States but it expired in 1997. He continued to stay in the United States illegally since that time. 

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"The investigation began when authorities went online on a peer-to-peer network which catered to offenders sharing child pornography," stated the U.S. Attorney's Office.  "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," stated the U.S. Attorney's Office.  "A forensic examination of those devices revealed 10,673 child pornography files."

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The Corpus Christi Police Department conducted the investigation. 

In a related case, 34-year-old illegal alien Gustavo Eduardo Diaz-Vasquez, a Mexican citizen, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and was sentenced on Oct. 3 to serve 72 months in federal prison, reported the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. 

"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," said the U.S. Attorney's Office.  "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."

In addition to the six years imprisonment, 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," said the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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"He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender," they reported.  "At the hearing, the court read excerpts of several victim impact statements detailing how this is clearly not a victimless crime."

ICE and the Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the investigation. 

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