Hugo Magdaleno, 27, has been in custody since his March arrest in Houston, Texas. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography, and one count of transporting and shipping child pornography.
According to documents filed in the case, Magdaleno admitted that he used file-sharing software to trade images of child pornography, including images of prepubescent minors and sadistic, masochistic or other violent images involving minors. Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at Magdaleno's Irving, Texas, home in January 2008. The forensic analysis they performed on his seized computer equipment revealed more than 6,000 images and hundreds of videos of child pornography.
HSI conducted this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Miller, 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-DHS-2ICE 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, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.