Former Mexican police officer sentenced to 30 years for sexually exploiting child, following ICE HSI investigation

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A former Mexican police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Task Force conducted the investigation.

Jose Alfredo Fernandez-Martinez, 38, of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, was sentenced Dec. 8 in federal court to 360 months in federal prison. He was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release and comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also have to register as a sex offender and pay a total of $55,000 in special assessments. Fernandez-Martinez pleaded guilty Aug. 4.

According to court documents, from Aug. 2, 2020, to Jan. 6, Fernandez-Martinez caused an eight-year-old female to engage in sexually explicit conduct which he recorded with his cellphone. He attempted to enter the country, at which time authorities found the videos. A forensic examination of the phone determined he possessed approximately 141 videos and 82 images of child pornography. The investigation revealed that Fernandez-Martinez created five of the videos with his phone.

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Fernandez-Martinez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ana C. Cano, of the Southern District of Texas, prosecuted the case.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.