Distributing child pornography videos results in heavy prison time for local man

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 42-year-old Nueces County man has been ordered to federal prison for distributing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Michael Aaron Galvan, Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty April 5.

Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton sentenced Galvan to 210 months in prison. At the hearing, the court heard an emotional victim impact statement detailing the negative impact of Galvan’s criminal actions. Galvan will serve 10 years on supervised release following completion of his prison term. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Galvan will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. Restitution to the victims will be determined at a later date.

The investigation began June 14, 2021, when authorities discovered Galvan had distributed multiple videos of child pornography via social media. Galvan was later apprehended at the U.S./Mexico border where authorities discovered he possessed a cellphone containing child pornography. Forensic analysis  of that device and others seized from Galvan’s residence showed he possessed hundreds of videos and images depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent children. There was also evidence of how Galvan created surreptitious recordings of young children at play in his neighborhood and children walking to an elementary school near his home.

Galvan has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Molly K. Smith and Dennis E. Robinson prosecuted the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources link on that page.