Miguel Angel Vasquez Torres, age 34, of Beckemeyer pled guilty on March 1 a three-count federal indictment charging him with Production of Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography and Receipt of Child Pornography.
The FBI received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline regarding an individual who was uploading child pornography to a Photobucket.com cloud storage account. A search of the account revealed that it belonged to Vasquez Torres and that it contained numerous video and image files containing child pornography.
During an interview with law enforcement officers, Vasquez Torres admitted to downloading and distributing video files containing child pornography. He also admitted that he had repeatedly sexually abused a minor over the course of several years and that he had photographed his acts of sexual abuse of the minor victim. An examination of Vasquez Torres’ iPhone revealed approximately 440 images which depict Vasquez Torres’ sexual abuse of the minor victim.
Vasquez Torres faces a prison term of not less than 15 years up to life for the charge of Production of Child Pornography. On the charges of Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography, Vasquez Torres faces five to 20 years in prison on each count.
This investigation was conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Metro East Cyber Crimes and Analysis Task Force, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.
Vasquez Torres has been in custody since he was arrested on these charges on August 25, 2015. Sentencing has been set for June 28, 2016.