Man pleads guilty to child porn charges

WESLACO — Daniel Miguel Salinas, 33, of Weslaco, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In October 2010, law enforcement began an investigation into a movie production company that operated a website offering child pornography and child erotica DVDs and streaming videos for sale.

Authorities executed a search warrant in May 2011 on the business premises of that company and discovered customer order histories along with other evidence. During the review of the order histories, agents identified Salinas as a customer who had purchased 11 downloads from the company’s website.

In addition, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip in August 2012 from the Microsoft Corporation concerning the uploading of possible child pornography into a file hosting service. Federal agents discovered the email address associated with that activity belonged to Salinas.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Salinas’ Weslaco residence and seized several computers and various external storage media devices. A forensic examination on the devices revealed more than 130 images and 20 videos of child pornography movies involving clearly young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

During his plea yesterday, Salinas admitted to knowingly possessing the devices which contained child pornography.

District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa accepted the guilty plea and set sentencing for Sept. 7. At that time, Salinas faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.