El Paso Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography

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EL PASO – Kevin Holguin-Cano, 29, of El Paso pleaded guilty this week to receipt of child sexual abuse material.

According to court documents, in June 2021, agents executed a search warrant on the residence of  Holguin and found materials depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Holguin pleaded guilty to one count of receipt and distribution of a visual depiction involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.  A sentencing date is not scheduled yet.  Holguin faces up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Frank Burrola, El Paso Division, made the announcement.

The HSI is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mallory Rasmussen is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

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