Federal judge detains Farmers Branch, Texas, man on child enticement and child pornography charges
FORT WORTH, Texas - A man from Farmers Branch, Texas, appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton, who ordered him detained pending further court proceedings, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Euless, Texas, Police Department are investigating.
Gustavo G. Olvera, 37, was arrested on Jan. 6 on charges of child enticement and receiving child pornography outlined in a federal criminal complaint. A federal grand jury in Fort Worth indicted Olvera Jan. 12 for those offenses. A trial date of March 14 has been set.
According to documents filed in the case, on the morning of Jan. 5, a federal agent operating in an undercover capacity and assuming another's identity, received an online message from "Gus Olvera" asking if he (the undercover agent) and his 11-year-old son were free that weekend to "come over, order pizza. Hang out. Literally." The online conversation continued with Olvera stating he wanted to see both that individual and his son naked; that he had never cuddled with an 11-year-old naked and that would be a new experience for him.
In another part of the online conversation, Olvera emailed a sexually explicit photo of himself to the undercover agent. Further sexually explicit conversations ensued between the undercover agent and Olvera with them agreeing to meet on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. At about noon, federal agents set up a perimeter at the meeting location and about 45 minutes later, Olvera arrived, walked around the apartment complex and proceeded back to his car. Following those actions, agents approached Olvera and asked if his name was Gus, and he replied, "no, my name is Gabriel." When one of the federal agents asked him if he was there to see a particular individual, Olvera began to exclaim, "Oh God, Oh God, Oh God, this is not happening, I can't go to jail."
On the same day, federal agents conducted a search of Olvera's residence and found child pornography located on computer disks in his bedroom. A preliminary forensic analysis determined that Olvera had downloaded a 15-minute video of child pornography, depicting a prepubescent female, about 7 years old, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with an adult male.
An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty.
If convicted of child enticement, Olvera faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of receiving child pornography, Olvera faces a maximum statutory sentence of not less than five or more than 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis, Northern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.
This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE 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.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is 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.