Arias, who pleaded guilty in June 2012 to one count of receiving child pornography, was allowed to remain on bond until January 9, 2013. Today's announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaa of the Northern District of Texas.
Arias was indicted in March 2012 on four counts of receiving child pornography, one count of transporting child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. In plea documents filed, he admitted that in August 2011, he knowingly received a file, via the Internet, that depicted a female child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
After sentencing, the government dismissed all remaining charges in the indictment.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.
For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lubbock, Texas, was in charge of the prosecution.