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June 17, 2022El Paso, TX, United StatesChild Exploitation

HSI El Paso investigation leads to guilty plea in child pornography case

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) El Paso special agents escort Kevin Holguin-Cano out of his residence after taking him into custody in June 2021.

EL PASO, Texas – A local man pleaded guilty this week to receiving child sexual abuse material, following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The El Paso Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, El Paso Police Department ICAC, and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division assisted with the case.

According to court documents, in June 2021, special agents executed a search warrant on the residence of Kevin Holguin-Cano, 29, and found materials depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Holguin pleaded guilty June 13 to one count of receipt and distribution of a visual depiction involving the sexual exploitation of a minor; a sentencing date is not yet scheduled. Holguin faces up to 20 years in prison.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mallory Rasmussen is prosecuting the case.

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. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government 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 (DHS), 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 over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 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.

Updated: 06/17/2022