Former Sabinal PD officer sentenced
in 2012 child pornography case
Jason Lee Villasana will serve 15 years in
federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release after
pleading guilty to distributing child pornography, according to
U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation
Acting Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse, San Antonio
Sabinal Police Chief Jesus “Chuy” Reyes
confirmed Monday that at the time of his arrest, Villasana was a
patrol officer with the Sabinal Police Department, and had been on
the job for about a year. He was already on staff when Reyes was
hired as chief.
On August 21, 2013, Villasana, age 36, pleaded
guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography.
According to court records, from May 2011 until
November 15, 2012, Villasana received, stored and sent images and
videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On November
15, 2012, FBI agents and investigators from the Texas Attorney
General’s Law Enforcement Division executed a search warrant at
the defendant’s residence and seized various electronic media
belonging to the defendant. Subsequent forensics examination of
the seized items revealed the presence of approximately 250
images, seven videos and 64 thumbnail images of child pornography.
Villasana has remained in federal custody since
his arrest on December 18, 2012. The sentence was handed down
March 19 in Del Rio by U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra.
“This investigation was the result of joint
efforts between Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI and
the Sabinal Police Department. This sentence sends a clear message
that those who exploit children in any way will face serious
consequences,” said Special Agent in Charge, Janice Ayala, 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.”
Assistant United States Attorneys Meghan M.
McCalla and Matthew Watters prosecuted this case on behalf of the