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West Texas man sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison following child pornography conviction

LUBBOCK, Texas - A man from Big Spring, Texas, who pleaded guilty in July to a child pornography charge, was sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to seven years and three months in prison, to be followed by a 40-year term of supervised release. This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Dallas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Big Spring Police Department.

Specifically, Fabian Duke Trejo, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Trejo, who is in custody, must also register as a sex offender.

According to filed documents, Trejo admitted that in 2009 he used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program on his computer to download images depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. To avoid detection, and so he did not have to keep the images on his computer after he received them via the Internet, Trejo set up multiple email accounts to send images of child pornography to himself. On Nov. 12, 2009, using one of those email accounts, Trejo received a zip file entitled "2.zip," that he had sent to himself, containing at least three images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lubbock, Texas, prosecuted 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.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex C. Lewis, Northern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.