Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Laredo Man Heads to Prison for Child Pornography Conviction

Sergio Javier Romanos, 22, of Laredo, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Romanos pleaded guilty November 18, 2011.

Romanos admitted to possessing and accessing with intent to view visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, including by computer.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen ordered Romanos serve 50 months in prison. That term will be followed by a 10-year term of supervised release during which time he will have to register as a sex offender in compliance with the National Sex Offender Registration Act and participate in either mental health or sex offender after-care treatment. He was further ordered not to reside, access or loiter within 100 feet of a school where children under 18 are located or to seek employment or work at a location where children under 18 are located without written permission of a U.S. probation officer. He will also have to pay a $1,500 fine.

Romanos was arrested in San Antonio on September 8, 2011, following the return of the federal indictment after which time he was released on bond. Today, he was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Roberto F. Ramirez prosecuted the case.

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