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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A San Antonio man has been sentenced to nearly 24 years in federal prison on child pornography-related charges, federal prosecutors announced today.

Earlier today, in San Antonio, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth sentenced 43-year-old Jason Lee Sarabia to 285 months in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. Upon completion of his prison term, Sarabia was order to be placed on supervised release for 20 years.

On February 26, 2020, jurors convicted Sarabia on two counts of receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

According to evidence presented at trial, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) downloaded thousands of child pornography files from Sarabia from August until November 2017 and, on November 30, 2017, federal agents executed a search warrant at his home.

During the execution of the search warrant, investigators seized two cell phones which, upon a forensic search, revealed a file sharing application and more than 1,000 images of prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit activity.

“I am grateful for the incredible work of the San Antonio FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force on this case," stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash. "People who acquire and distribute child pornography create the incentive for others to abuse children in horrific ways. We will prosecute them aggressively."

“While life has changed a great deal for all of us during the past several weeks, one disturbing and horrifying constant is that children in our community, and around the world, continue to suffer every day at the hands of sexual predators,"stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Combs. "The FBI’s San Antonio Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force is committed to protecting children from sexual exploitation by holding both producers and consumers of child pornography accountable.” 

“I am extremely proud of the Task Force and the FBI’s Computer Analysis Recovery Team, which overcame extraordinary investigative challenges to recover critical evidence in this investigation," stated Combs. "Their hard work and dedication not only resulted in a successful prosecution, but the identification of additional victims.”

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