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West Texas man sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison on child pornography conviction

LUBBOCK, Texas — A west Texas man was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 15 years and eight months in federal prison, to be followed by a 20-year term of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas announced this sentence. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted this investigation.

Adrian Tino Guerrero, 28, of Slaton, Texas, pleaded guilty in February to one count of receiving child pornography and has been in custody since his arrest in November 2013 on a related charge.

According to documents filed in this case, Guerrero used his computer to access various forms of pornography on the Internet, including numerous images and videos of child pornography. He admitted that in November 2013, while searching the Internet for child pornography, he knowingly downloaded a video of a girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Burch, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted under HSI's Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 10,000 individuals for crimes against children, including producing and distributing online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking children. In fiscal year 2013, more than 2,000 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI's Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

HSI is a founding member and current chair 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.