Child porn charge against attorney who died in suicide dismissed

McALLEN — A court dismissed a federal pornography charge for a McAllen attorney who died last week, records show.

U.S. Magistrate Juan F. Alanis granted the government’s motion to have the criminal complaint against Francisco “Frank” Enriquez more than a week after he died as a result of jumping from a high-rise property in San Antonio.

“It is ordered that the criminal complaint numbered M-19-2665-M against (Enriquez) be dismissed without prejudice,” the court document signed by Alaniz Nov. 19 reads.

On Nov. 11, just before 6 p.m. San Antonio police officers were called out to Wurzbach Towers, described on its website as a 23-story high-rise, for a report of a suicide, police confirmed last week.

Enriquez’s attorney, Carlos A. Garcia, confirmed the man died as a result of jumping from the structure. The police report states Enriquez “appeared to have impacted the ground from a very high elevation.”

According to the police report, officers discovered a suicide note inside Enriquez’s condominium.

The 66-year-old man, a native of McAllen who split time between his law office in McAllen, and his residence in San Antonio, was facing one count of receipt of child pornography prior to his death.

Enriquez was released from custody Nov. 5, after a court granted him a $100,000 bond related to one count of receipt of child pornography that came as a result of a federal investigation into allegations of the distribution of pornographic images of children.

The investigation into Enriquez, led by the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents, specifically by the HSI Rio Grande Valley child exploitation task force, began in April of this year and led to the identification of a computer’s internet address, which was “offering to participate in the distribution of images and videos of child pornography,” utilizing peer-to-peer software.

“Several videos were obtained from IP address 66.68.206.152, and reviewed as representative samples,” the document stated. “It was determined that the videos meet the federal definition of child pornography.”

The subsequent investigation led authorities to the location of the aforementioned computer, and after obtaining a search warrant for the corresponding location, 4200 Bicentennial Drive, Suite B, McAllen, agents searched the location and found the computer in question.

After one of Enriquez’s court hearings, Garcia relayed a statement in which he maintained his client’s innocence.

“Frank is and remains an innocent man. He is a veteran of the Vietnam era who was honorably discharged in 1975. There are many facts that will come to light later in the litigation that will confirm Frank’s innocence of the charges lodged against him,” the statement read.

A graduate of St. Mary’s University Class of 1978, Enriquez had been a licensed attorney in Texas for more than 40 years, records show.

Enriquez also ran an unsuccessful bid in 2006 for U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s congressional seat in the 28th district, receiving more than 15,000 votes in the race.