LUBBOCK, Texas — A 22-year-old
Brownwood, Texas, man, Sebastian Contreras, who pleaded guilty in July 2017 to
two counts of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced last week by Senior
U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 168 months in federal prison, announced
U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas. Contreras
will begin serving his prison sentence on December 1, 2017.
According to documents filed in the case, in
December 2016 and February 2017, Contreras used the Internet to download images
of child pornography depicting female minors under the age of 18 years engaged
in sexually explicit conduct.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe
Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the
Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual
exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal
Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood
marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and
prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue
victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For
more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on
the tab “resources.”
The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Brown County
Sheriff’s Office, and the Brownwood Police Department investigated the
case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.