Local man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison
ABILENE, Texas — A 51-year-old Big Spring man, was sentenced this week, by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, to the statutory maximum of 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. In addition, Judge Solis ordered that Juan Jose Guerra pay $150,000 in restitution to a victim whose photographs were included in his child pornography collection.Guerra has been in federal custody since Dec. 6, 2011. He pleaded guilty in February 2013 to one count of possession of child pornography. According to documents filed in the case, Guerra owned a computer, which he kept at his residence in Big Spring, which contained numerous images of child pornography.The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The case was investigated by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Midland and Big Spring Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lubbock, Texas, was in charge of the prosecution.In other cases:Victor Lopez, 47, of San Angelo, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 210 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in March 2013 to one count of receipt of child pornography. Cummings also ordered that Lopez serve an additional 20-year term of supervised release.Lopez has been in federal custody since his arrest following the execution of a federal search warrant at his residence by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on January 23, 2013. He was indicted in February 2013 on several counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. According to plea documents filed in the case, Lopez admitted that he used file-sharing software to collect numerous videos of child pornography, including depictions of sadistic and masochistic conduct.Roy Paul Granger, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Solis to 10 years in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2013 to one count of receipt of child pornography. Granger has been in custody since Jan. 25, 2013. According to documents filed in the case, Granger owned a computer, which he kept at his residence in Abilene, Texas, that was connected to the Internet. In April 2012, while searching online, using peer-to-peer software, for sexually explicit images of minors, Granger downloaded an image of child pornography onto his personal computer.