KVEO News Center 23
Laredo, TX — Fidel Perales-Castillo, 43, has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Homeland Security Investigations(HSI) Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala in San Antonio and Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar. Perales-Castillo is a Mexican Citizen in the United States Illegally.
“Accessing, downloading and sharing childpornography constitutes a very serious crime that HSI will rigorously investigate in order to pinpoint the alleged perpetrator and potential victims,” said Ayala.
“Make no mistake, if you use the Internet to download child pornography, you will be identified, arrested and prosecuted.”
Perales-Castillo was arrested today following an investigation by the Laredo Child Exploitation Task Force led by HSI and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crime Unit with assistance from the Laredo Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and U.S. Marshals Service. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker tomorrow morning.
“This is just one of the several cases that our investigators are keeping a close eye on,” said Cuellar. “We will continue to utilize all resources as we track down these suspected child predators.”
The criminal complaint, filed today, alleges Perales-Castillo utilized the Internet to download images depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Such images were allegedly downloaded multiple times over the past four years to a computer that was seized from his possession.
If convicted, Perales-Castillo faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.Upon conviction, he will also be required to register as a sex offender.