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11/06/2015
Management and Administration
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Earlier this week, Special Agent Gussoni, 34, was honored with the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Valor Award. The award recognizes extraordinary acts of valor occurring either on or off duty. Specifically, it acknowledges those who “demonstrate selfless response by performing courageously in a highly dangerous or life-threatening situation to protect another’s life.”
03/12/2015
Corpus Christi, TX
Financial Crimes
Pablo Zarate Juarez is the former Instituto Tamaulipeco De Vivienda Y Urbanismo (ITAVU) director in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. The criminal indictment, returned Wednesday, is a result of the efforts of the OCDETF investigation.
08/14/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Specifically, Paul Joseph Koestle, 33, of Abilene, Texas, who remains in custody, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.
06/14/2012
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Kerry Wayne Feaster was sentenced Friday to 20 years in federal following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of transporting child pornography. Feaster initiated text contact with an 11-year-old child. The child's parent saw the texts and contacted ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to pursue the investigation.
08/27/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
After sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis remanded Charles Coci, 26, of Abilene, Texas, who had been released on bond, into the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
03/02/2016
Abilene, TX
Narcotics
Ruben Soliz, 24, from Abilene, Texas, had pleaded guilty in December 2015 to one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. Three co-defendants also charged in the case, Abilene residents, Andrew Dean Cruz, 30, and Roberto Carlos Villarreal, 31; and San Angelo, Texas, resident, Richard Louis Martinez, 27, each pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
12/15/2011
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
A federal grand jury in Lubbock, Texas, returned a three-count indictment Wednesday charging Charles Linwood Heard with various federal child sexual exploitation offenses. Heard attempted to entice an individual via text message and email whom he believed to be an under-age boy. It was actually an undercover law enforcement officer.
10/18/2016
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation

Robert Blaine Harris, 50, of Fort Worth, has been in custody since his arrest in January 2016.

03/15/2011
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Specifically, following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, the jury found Harvey James Pelland, of Big Spring, Texas, guilty on two counts of possessing child pornography and five counts of receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Sentencing has been set for June 6 in Abilene.
12/09/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Paul Joseph Koestle, 33, of Abilene, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.
01/18/2017
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation

Jose Diego Gonzales, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been in custody since his arrest in July 2016 in Fort Worth.

07/28/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
David Scott Fikani, 61, from Abilene, who remains on bond, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging possession of prepubescent child pornography. Michael Cleo Ivy, 36, also from Abilene and who is also on bond, pleaded guilty to possessing prepubescent child pornography.
11/28/2011
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Connell Wilson Cook admitted downloading several images of child pornography from the Internet, planning to later sell them online.
06/10/2013
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Aaron Charles Lustfeldt, 27, of Big Spring, Texas, faces a maximum statutory penalty of not less than five years or more than 20 years in federal prison.
10/29/2013
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Officers located Aaron Charles Lustfeldt, 27, of Big Spring, Texas, who admitted being in the park, but denied doing anything inappropriate, stating that he was not supposed to be at the park because he was a registered sex offender.
09/10/2014
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
According to documents filed in the case, in July 2013, Steven Edward Robb, 59, of Abilene, Texas, knowingly received two video files depicting minor females engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
09/19/2016
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation

William David Harden, 65, formerly of Tye, Texas, has been in custody since his arrest based on a federal indictment in August 2015.

04/07/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Charles Coci, 26, of Abilene, Texas, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. Sentencing will be set at a later date.
06/14/2012
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Connell Wilson Cook was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison following his November 2011 guilty plea to one count of transporting child pornography. Cook admitted downloading several child pornography images from the Internet, planning to later sell them on the Internet.
02/12/2016
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Michael Cleo Ivy, 37, of Abilene, Texas, was sentenced Thursday to 121 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in July 2015 to an indictment charging one count of possessing prepubescent child pornography.
08/18/2016
Abilene, TX
Narcotics

According to documents filed in the case, on Nov. 14, 2015, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the FBI, along with investigators with the Taylor County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, received information that Pascual Jamie Avalos, 34, would be transporting an unknown quantity of methamphetamine from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to Abilene, Texas, in a gray 2015 Toyota Avalon.

05/06/2016
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation

Misty Dawn Kelley, 25, from Abilene, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, and aiding and abetting.

06/25/2012
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
Trevor J. Arias appeared in federal court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. He admitted that in August 2011, he knowingly received a file, via the Internet, that depicted a female child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
06/10/2015
Abilene, TX
Contraband
Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced Abilene, Texas, residents Jose Cavazos, 51, to 108 months in federal prison; Travis Kyndall Longoria, 22, to 120 months in federal prison; and David Rodriguez, 25, to 30 months in federal prison. Judge Solis sentenced Brandon Johnson, 35, of Sweetwater, Texas, to 90 months in federal prison June 10.
12/09/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
David Scott Fikani, 62, from Abilene, has been in federal custody since September 2015 when U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost determined Fikani violated certain terms of his pretrial release and ordered him detained.

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