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12/10/09

Austin man pleads guilty in Lubbock court to making porn of Big Spring girl

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In a federal court in Lubbock Thursday, an Austin man pleaded guilty to one count each of production and transportation of child pornography faces a maximum of 50 years in prison.

25-year-old James Vallejo Salazar of Austin has been in custody since his arrest in September at his home in Austin.

Salazar faces a maximum statutory sentence on the production conviction of 15 to 30 years in prison and on the transportation conviction, five to 20 years in prison, for a total maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. In addition, he may be sentenced to serve a lifetime of supervised release and pay a fine of up to $500,000. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

According to plea documents filed, Salazar admitted that in approximately May 2009, he met a 15-year-old girl (Jane Doe), from Big Spring, Texas, on MySpace.com. Salazar and Jane Doe continued to communicate with each other, primarily by texting. Jane Doe told Salazar when they first met that she was 15-years-old.

In approximately July 2009, the texts between Salazar and 15-year-old Jane Doe became sexual in nature. Salazar and Jane Doe began discussing plans to have her move to Austin to live with Salazar. Jane Doe would also bring her infant daughter, Jane Doe 2, who was less than a year old, to live with her and Salazar.

From late August through early September 2009, Salazar requested, via text messaging, that Jane Doe take sexually explicit photographs of her daughter. Jane Doe received the messages at her home in Big Spring, Texas.

Salazar also transported child pornography, by texting, to Jane Doe, in Big Spring on September 4, 2009, between 11:02 p.m., and 11:05 p.m. He sent Jane Doe a computer image depicting a female minor, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

On September 11, 2009, a search warrant was executed at Salazar's home in Austin. He was cooperative with law enforcement agents, and when questioned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, he stated that he had received the sexually explicit image of the infant female (Jane Doe 2), as he had requested. Salazar told officials that he deleted the image upon receiving it.

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.

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