FORT WORTH, Texas — An Arlington, Texas, man pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton to an indictment charging one count of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Michael Ray Borah, 36, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release. He will remain on bond pending sentencing, which is set for Nov. 13 before U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, in early August 2011, special agents with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) visited Borah's home to speak with him about purchasing access to known child pornography websites. Borah admitted that had purchased subscriptions to these websites and that he still possessed child pornography on his computers.
HSI is leading this investigation; Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem is in charge of the prosecution.
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 and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.