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Child Exploitation
02/21/2013

25-year-old north Texas man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for downloading child pornography from the Internet

Defendant downloaded images of children as young as 2 years old

DALLAS — A north Texas man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2012 for transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

This case was investigated by the Garland Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Isaac Heredia Luciano, 25, of Garland, Texas, has been in federal custody since he surrendered to authorities in October 2012 on a related federal charge outlined in a criminal complaint. U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle also sentenced Luciano to a 10-year term of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

According to court documents, a Garland Police Department detective was investigating the distribution of child pornography in an undercover capacity. While using a peer-to-peer file-sharing computer program, he identified a computer that was sharing child pornography images. On various dates from September 2011 until August 2012, the detective downloaded 27 images and videos of child pornography from that computer, including videos involving children as young as 2 years old crying and yelling "mommy."

In late August 2012, a search warrant was executed at Luciano's home in Garland, and computers and related storage equipment were seized. Luciano admitted that he had been downloading child pornography, and in fact, had downloaded child pornography the previous day. He explained that he had a “sickness” with child pornography. He admitted that the videos he downloaded ranged from "diaper porn" to toddlers to teens, and that he possessed videos that included bondage and other sadistic acts involving minors.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.