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San Antonio man arrested on child pornography charges

Gabriel Espinoza remains in federal custody after this week's arrest

A 39-year-old San Antonio man remained in federal custody Friday following his arrest on charges of production of child pornography, authorities said.

Gabriel Espinoza made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday to answer to the charges. Officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations said he was ordered held pending a detention hearing scheduled for a later date.

"The arrest of Espinoza sends a clear message that those who exploit children in any way will be arrested and brought to justice," said Janice Ayala, special agent in charge with HSI San Antonio. "Preventing and investigating crimes against children is a high priority for HSI. We will continue to identify and bring to justice child predators who traumatize and victimize children."

Agents arrested Espinoza at his home Wednesday without incident following a search warrant where special agents found and seized multiple electronic items.

Officials said a forensics preview of one of the electronic items in Espinoza's possession revealed images of child pornography.