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Robstown man busted in undercover child porn sting sentenced today

Posted: 5:14 PM, Mar 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-12 18:14:11-04

A Robstown man is going to prison for distributing child pornography online.  Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced, 22-year-old Trey Escareno to 14 years behind bars.

Escareno was arrested after being busted in an online chat room undercover sting.  According to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, the investigation into Escareno began when an undercover FBI agent entered an online chatroom and observed a user, later identified as Escareno, posting links. He had posted several items, all of which would automatically download large amounts of child pornography onto the computer of the user who clicked on them.

Agents later executed a search warrant in Robstown on Escareno’s residence. They discovered several items, including a cell phone on which a forensic analysis identified numerous images of child pornography.  Law enforcement also uncovered evidence that Escareno had engaged in sexual contact with a minor relative.

Escareno pled guilty on November 29, 2018.  Once he completes his sentence, Escareno will be on a lifetime term of supervised release and will have to comply with requirements and restrictions to access to children and the internet.  He must also register as a sex offender.

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