DALLAS - A Mansfield, Texas, man who used Snapchat to inappropriately communicate with 14-year-old boy was sentenced Friday to 210 months in Federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Leigha Simonton.
Juan Aguilera Duran, 33, was charged via criminal complaint in May 2023 and was indicted in August 2023. He pleaded guilty in October 2023 to receipt of child pornography. He was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor, who also ordered the defendant to a lifetime of supervised release.
“Our dedicated Federal prosecutors are committed to taking child predators like this defendant off the street,” U.S. Attorney Simonton said. “We thank the Secret Service and Mansfield Police Department for their tireless efforts in investigating cases like this to keep the kids in our communities safe.”
“The Secret Service is committed to using our forensic and investigative capabilities to help catch criminals who prey on the most vulnerable among us,” Christina Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Dallas Field Office, said. “We are proud of the coordinated effort with our partners from the Mansfield Police Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure that justice was served.”
“The Mansfield Police Department values partnerships,” Mansfield Chief of Police Tracy Aaron said. “This case is a testament to the great work that occurs when agencies collaborate and work together for the common good to fight evil in our community. This particular unit is established to protect our most valuable and vulnerable, our kids. Job well done from the start to the finish.”
According to court documents, on August 13, 2022, the Mansfield Police Department was dispatched to a residence in Mansfield, Texas to meet with a 14-year-old boy who received sexually explicit messages, images and videos via Snapchat from Mr. Duran. Search and arrest warrants were obtained that later resulted in Duran pleading Guilty to receiving Child Pornography.
Mr. Duran later pled guilty to receiving images of child pornography on his computer.
The Mansfield Police Department, Tarrant Co. District Attorney’s Office Digital Forensics and Technical Services, and Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandie Wade prosecuted the case.
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