Brownsville, TX

Brownsville man found in possession of 600 images of minor

Marisol Gallagher
Project Safe

BROWNSVILLE, TX — U.S Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery sentenced a 23-year-old Texas man for possessing child pornography.

The perpetrator, Gene Surf Silva, pleaded guilty and has been sentenced 121 months in prison with 20 months supervised release. He’s also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to known victims. Silva will have to follow regulation to distance himself from children he potentially reoffends, as well as the Internet, and to register as sex offender.

Silva was found to have an addiction to child pornography and is acting on his impulses to victimize the children. Forensics analysis of his computers shows six hundred child pornography images and eleven of them are videos of Sugar Land minor. He also has eight hundred more images.

Silva has remained in custody. He will soon be incarcerated in a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility.

The case is prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nikki Piquette and brought to Project Safe Childhood.

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative combatting the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. It was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, who conduct investigations with the Child Exploitation Task Force. The task force is led by Rio Grande Valley.

The Project Safe childhood aims to create a neighborhood free from child sexual offender. The project is led by the U.S. Attorneys' Office and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). Project Safe Childhood gathers local resources, legal and federal state and local resources to better protect children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

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