DALLAS — A 42-year-old illegal alien from Honduras, Elmer Franky Ortiz, who was living in Carrollton, Texas, pleaded guilty in April 2017 to one count of receipt of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 204 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, the Garland Police Department was alerted that Ortiz had received a video of a minor female between the ages of four and six years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct. An investigation conducted by Garland Police, Carrollton Police, and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) found that Ortiz possessed 141 videos of child pornography on his home computer and that he had shared some of these videos on the internet with others.
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 ICE HSI, Garland Police Department, and Carrollton Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shane Read prosecuted.
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Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Northern District of Texas