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Victoria man faces federal charge of sexual exploitation of children

April 15, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.


A Victoria man is facing a charge in federal court of sexual exploitation of children.

Jason Paul Tijerina, 29, is suspected of enticing or persuading a child between ages of 3 to 5 to engage in sexual conduct with him in photos and in a video he saved and possibly transmitted on his Samsung Galaxy SIII cellphone from Dec. 13 to Jan. 3.

A Victoria police detective analyzed the cellphone and found that Tijerina had installed an application called Dropbox, an external file hosting service, according to a complaint.

The indictment was filed March 26, just days after a Victoria County grand jury indicted him on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child and six counts of possession or promotion of child pornography.

When Tijerina was arrested in January, he told police the child had touched him inappropriately and he was wrongfully accused, according to previous reports.

Attorney Tito Hugo Alfaro, of Corpus Christi, has been appointed to represent Tijerina in federal court.

The U.S. Marshals took custody of Tijerina on March 27 after he pleaded not guilty and waived a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby. Federal charges were added because the phone transmissions would have crossed state lines.

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