Man receives 20 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography

Abel De Leon, 60, sentenced Tuesday


DEL RIO, Texas – An Asherton, Texas, man was sentenced Tuesday in Del Rio to 20 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for receiving child pornography.

Homeland Security Investigations agents executed a search warrant at 60-year-old Abel De Leon's residence during an investigation into online exploitations of minors in November 2012.

Upon executing the search warrant, agents seized several DVDs, a computer and related equipment. Through an examination of those items, a presence of more than 100 videos and images depicting sexual exploitation of prepubescent children was found.

De Leon pleaded guilty on June 5, 2013, to one count of receipt of child pornography, admitting that he received child porn since approximately 2012, including 48 videos via the Internet.

"This 20-year sentence sends a clear message that those who exploit children in any way will face serious consequences," said special agent in charge Janice Ayala, with HSI San Antonio. "Preventing and investigating crimes against children is a high priority for HSI. We will continue to dedicate law enforcement resources to identify and bring to justice child predators who traumatize and victimize children."