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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 Division.

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 government.

 



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