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June 29, 2022Corpus Christi, TX, United StatesChild Exploitation

Southeast Texas man receives lengthy prison sentence for distributing child pornography following HSI Corpus Christi-led investigation

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Southeast Texas man was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison June 28 for distributing child pornography following an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Michael Aaron Galvan, a 42-year-old resident of Corpus Christi, was sentenced in the Southern District of Texas. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Restitution to the victims will be determined later.

Galvan pleaded guilty to the charges April 5.

The investigation began June 14, 2021, when authorities discovered Galvan had distributed multiple videos of child pornography via social media. Galvan was later apprehended at the U.S./Mexico border where authorities discovered he possessed a cellphone containing child pornography. Forensic analysis of that device and others seized from Galvan’s residence showed he possessed hundreds of videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children. There was also evidence of how Galvan created surreptitious recordings of young children at play in his neighborhood and children walking to an elementary school near his home.

At the hearing, the court heard an emotional victim impact statement detailing the negative impact of Galvan’s criminal actions.

Galvan will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined soon.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Molly K. Smith and Dennis E. Robinson prosecuted the case.

HSI works tirelessly to protect children from sexual abuse or exploitation by predators involved in the production, distribution, and possession of child sexual abuse material. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, HSI arrested 3,776 dangerous child predators and identified and/or rescued 1,177 child victims. Since 2013, HSI has rescued and/or identified more than 8,500 child victims.

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