LUBBOCK, Texas — Kevin Ismael Lopez,
25, of Lubbock, Texas, was sentenced Friday, March 9, 2018 by U.S. District
Judge Sam R. Cummings to 327 months in federal prison and 20 years of
supervised release, following his guilty plea in November 2017 to two counts of
production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the
Northern District of Texas.
Lopez has been in custody since his arrest in
August 2017 on a related criminal complaint.
According to the plea agreement factual
resume, on December 14, 2016, Lopez used his mother’s cellular telephone, to record a video of Lopez engaging
in sexual conduct with a prepubescent minor female as she slept at his Lubbock, Texas residence.
On January 24, 2017, at the same residence, Lopez used another cellular phone,
to record a video of Lopez engaging in sexual conduct with another prepubescent
minor as she slept. Lopez also made a sexually explicit video recording of the
girl. After creating this video recording, Lopez used the Internet to transport
the video to his Dropbox account, which he used for online storage of some of
his videos and images.
case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
launched in 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 leverages federal, state and local resources to better investigate,
apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children.
Project Safe Childhood also prioritizes identifying and rescuing 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.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security
Investigations (HSI) and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag prosecuted.