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From U.S. Attorney’s Office— A 53-year-old Sulphur Springs, Texas man has been found guilty of child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Fernando Sosa-Pintor was found guilty by a jury of two counts of distributing and one count of possessing child pornography. The verdict was reached on Sep. 8, 2016 following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

According to the indictment, detectives from the Garland Police Department and the Longview Police Department conducted undercover investigations into peer-to-peer file sharing networks in August 2014. Detectives testified at trial that they downloaded videos of child pornography from an IP address that was traced back to Tradicion Mexicana, a restaurant owned by Sosa-Pintor in Sulphur Springs. Members of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Tradicion Mexicana on Sep. 23, 2014, at which time they recovered a desktop computer that contained other child pornography videos. Officers testified at trial that Sosa-Pintor spoke with them and admitted to using the peer-to-peer file sharing program to obtain child pornography. During the trial, prosecutors introduced evidence from the undercover operations, Sosa-Pintor’s interview with law enforcement, and the contents of his desktop computer.

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