UVALDE, Texas — 20-year-old Pedro Gonzalez, Jr. of Uvalde, Texas, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Judge Victor Garcia during federal court in Del Rio, Texas, earlier today.
A lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, concerning the uploading of child pornography, initiated an investigation into Gonzalez by the Texas Attorney General's Office's Cyber Crimes Unit and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
On August 22, 2019, and with assistance from the Uvalde County Sheriff's Office, state and federal investigators raided Gonzalez' residence and seized a computer hard drive belonging to Gonzalez. A subsequent search of the computer hard drive revealed the presence of numerous images of child pornography, according to federal prosecutors.
Gonzalez pled guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and now faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ 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 exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.