Victoria man faces more child porn charges

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Dec. 20, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.
Updated Dec. 21, 2013 at 6:21 a.m.

A Victoria man already convicted in federal court of possessing child pornography faces more legal trouble.

A grand jury returned a three-page indictment for Joshua Almeida, 33, on Thursday.

He is charged with eight counts of promotion of child pornography, a second-degree felony.

The indictment alleges he possessed with the intent to promote at least eight explicit photos of children under the age of 18 on April 17, 2012.

Almeida's attorney, Tali Villafranca, declined to comment about the case.

On Dec. 2, Almeida pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography in federal court. That charge, for which he will be sentenced March 3, may net him up to 10 years in a federal prison.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on his home Sept. 27, 2012, after they learned explicit images of children were being shared via a "peer-to-peer software."

Authorities confiscated his HP Pavilion DV 5000 laptop, and during a subsequent forensic search, investigators found more than 600 child pornography images, according to the federal criminal complaint.

Victoria County Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler could not be reached for comment Friday.



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