Mexican man arrested in South Texas on child pornography charges


MCALLEN, Texas — A Mexican man residing in South Texas was charged Thursday with receiving child pornography.

Following his Wednesday arrest, Angel DeJesus Torres, 27, from Mexico and residing in Donna, Texas, appeared before U.S. District Judge Scott Hacker on May 2. Judge Hacker charged Torres with receiving child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, Torres downloaded, received and possessed hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on electronic devices. Authorities conducted an investigation to identify persons using peer-to-peer software on the internet to traffic in child pornography; they ultimately located a computer, allegedly linked to Torres. They searched his residence and seized two cellphones, according to the charges. The complaint also alleges law enforcement discovered multiple image and video files of child pornography on at least one of those devices. The allegations indicate he had been engaged in similar behavior for many years.

If convicted, Torres faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Belt and Andrew Henning, Southern District of Texas, are prosecuting this case.