Sulphur Springs restaurant owner guilty of child exploitation violations

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A 53-year-old Sulphur Springs, Texas man has been found guilty of child exploitation charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Fernando Sosa-Pintor, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of distributing and one count of possessing child pornography.  

According to the indictment, detectives from the Garland Police Department and the Longview Police Department conducted undercover investigations.

Detectives said they downloaded videos of child pornography from an IP address that was traced back to Tradicion Mexicana, a restaurant owned by Sosa-Pintor in Sulphur Springs.  

According to Hopkins County Sheriff’s office, they recovered a computer at Tradicion Mexicana that contained other child pornography videos. 

Officers testified at trial that Sosa-Pintor spoke with them and admitted to using the peer-to-peer file sharing program to obtain child pornography. 

Sosa-Pintor faces up to 20 years in federal prison on each charge. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marisa Miller and Lesley Brooks. 

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