Lubbock man pleads not guilty to possessing prepubescent child pornography
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Elyas Anthony Rocha, 22, of Lubbock has been federally indicted on a charge of possess of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.
According to the indictment, Rocha is accused of having at least one image of child pornography, and the child was under the age of 12.
In June of 2019, Homeland Security Investigations in Lubbock received tips from the legal department at Kik Interactive, Inc., an instant messaging app based in Canada.
The information included an email account and IP address associated with Elyas Rocha. According to records, on May 22, 2019, the Kik account associated with Rocha was engaged within a private group and “was actively trading child pornography with other users.”
In February of 2020, authorities received driver’s license information including an address for Rocha, to a home owned by his mother. In May, Texas DPS received a tip regarding uploaded child pornography, and the AT&T identified the uploading IP address as connected to an account with the same Lubbock address used by Rocha.
Authorities served a warrant at the address in June, taking Rocha into custody. Rocha agreed to unlock his electronic devices for investigators and provided a passcode.
Court documents say the devices were turned over to forensic analysts with Homeland Security Investigations who “immediately located and identified child pornography.”
Rocha pleaded not guilty to the charge and his plea was accepted Monday, August 24.
Rocha is currently in the Lubbock County Detention Center, he has been in Jail since June 25, 2020, on a hold for US Marshals.
Rocha is also in jail on a warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
While in custody, the report from Lubbock Police states Rocha admitted to victimizing his younger cousin when they were 1-2 years old.
Rocha told police he believed he was 18 or 19 years old at the time.
The warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child was issued on August 14, 2020.
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