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August 11, 2023Harlingen, TX, United StatesChild Exploitation

Former athletic coordinator sentenced to 40 years for child sex crimes following HSI investigation

HARLINGEN, Texas — A South Texas man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for child sex crimes following an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office.

Deira Alan Glover, 33, of Harlingen, was sentenced by 357th State District Court Judge Juan Magallanes to 480 months of imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Correctional Institutions Division. Glover pleaded guilty Aug. 7, prior to jury selection.

“This lengthy sentence is a testament to the repugnant nature of child exploitation crimes, particularly the production of child pornography, which only perpetuates the trauma endured by victims,” said HSI Rio Grande Valley Deputy Special Agent in Charge Mark Lippa. “HSI agents make it a top priority to protect vulnerable children from victimization by working with their law enforcement partners to investigate predators involved with the possession and distribution of child pornography and ensure they are held accountable for their heinous actions.”

Glover was the athletic coordinator for Jubliee Academy in Brownsville. During the investigation, agents learned he used the internet and social media to contact, groom, meet, and ultimately sexually violate young children.

“Parents, I urge you to keep a watchful eye on your child’s social media use. Unfortunately, there are others, like Glover that wait in the shadows to prey on our children by using the internet, social apps, chat rooms and other social media platforms,” said Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free tip line at 866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock. From outside the United States and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users may call TTY 802-872-6196.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, ICAC partners, and other federal, state and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. You can report suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 800-THE-LOST.

HSI is a founding member 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.

One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. Further, HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline. The directorate is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and nongovernment partnerships to identify and rescue child victims; identify and apprehend offenders; prevent transnational child sexual abuse; and help make the internet a safer place for children.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.