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Child Exploitation
08/30/2013

North Texas man faces up to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A north Texas man pleaded guilty Friday to producing child pornography.

This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Plainview Police Department.

Jose Francisco Madrigal, 43, of Plainview, Texas, is currently on bond. He faces a statutory penalty of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to a lifetime of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the report is completed. This Aug. 30 guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

In October 2012, according to plea documents filed in the case, Madrigal, using a digital camera and aiming the camera through a hole in a bathroom wall, took sexually explicit videos of a girl while the child was taking a shower.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy, Northern District of Texas, is prosecuting 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.