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Crossroads men in court for child porn charges

By Jessica Priest
Dec. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.
Updated Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:03 a.m.


Investigating agencies

• Victoria Police Department

• Victoria County Sheriff's Office

• United States Attorney's Office's criminal division's child exploitation and obscenity section

• Project Safe Childhood

• Homeland Security Investigations

• Hallettsville Police Department

• Hempstead Police Department

Two Crossroads-area men were in federal court Monday for various child pornography charges.

Vincent Tyler Jimenez, 32, of Hallettsville, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He pleaded guilty on July 1 to sexual exploitation of a child, more commonly referred to as a production of child pornography.

He will be required to serve 15 years of supervised release after he gets out of prison, and he must register as a sex offender, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Joshua Almeida, 23, of Victoria, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

Almeida is out on a $30,000 bond. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and his sentencing hearing is set for March 3.

Jimenez's federal public defender, Sivani Babu, of Corpus Christi, declined to comment.

Almeida's attorney, Tali Villafranca, of Victoria, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Waller County law enforcement conducted an investigation July 3, 2012, into Jimenez. They found that Jimenez, while pretending to be a female juvenile, used a cellphone to text a child and convince that child to send him nude images, according to court records.

Over time, Jimenez learned of the child's sibling and began communicating with and convincing that sibling to send him nude images.

When the first child refused to send more nude images, Jimenez blackmailed him or her with threats to distribute the images online.

The children's parent reported Jimenez to law enforcement. A search warrant was executed on his homes in Hallettsville and Victoria on July 23, 2012, at which time a cellphone was discovered containing some of the nude images.

Jimenez was also charged in Victoria district court with three counts of online solicitation of a minor.

This came after a Victoria Police Department detective pretending to be a juvenile conversed with Jimenez through text messaging. Jimenez sent the detective an explicit photo and a video of himself.

That case was dismissed April 3 after an assistant district attorney said in his motion that the state wished to allow the federal government to prosecute, according to court records.

Victoria County Sheriff's Office investigators searched Almeida's home Sept. 27, 2012. They seized his electronic devices and found more than 600 child pornography images on them after a subsequent forensic search July 17, according to court records.

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