DALLAS—Matthew Rodriguez, 21, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 210 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release, following his guilty plea in January 2012 to one count of transporting and shipping child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Rodriguez has been in custody since his arrest in November 2011.
According to documents filed in the case, Rodriguez admitted using the Internet and file sharing software to transmit and share images of child pornography. When FBI agents executed a search warrant at his residence in Dallas in March 2011, they seized his laptop computer. A forensic analysis of that computer located 675 images and 138 videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Rodriguez further admitted that some of the images and videos included images of prepubescent minors and material that depicted sadistic images of prepubescent minors.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “Resources.”
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Plano, Texas Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks was in charge of the prosecution.