Child porn cases among busy criminal caseload in San Antonio federal court
A San Antonio man charged with producing child pornography decided Friday not to challenge probable cause for his arrest or to seek bail.
Bobby Dominguez, 31, who is accused of sending an undercover law officer pictures of himself molesting a 6-year-old girl, agreed to waive his preliminary hearing over a charge of production of child pornography and a separate hearing to determine if he should continue being detained.
In unrelated cases, Tommy Ray Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty this week to producing child pornography, while Sonan Joseph Holyfield, 37, pleaded guilty to possessing child porn.
The three capped off a week of busy federal court in San Antonio amid a partial government shutdown in which criminal cases keep going, but civil cases involving the United States as a party were put on hold, beginning Dec. 22.
With the waivers, Dominguez will remain in jail and avoided having more damaging details about his case being made public.
A criminal complaint affidavit filed last week by an FBI task force officer alleges that Dominguez was part of a group on the social media application Kik that exchanged child porn images.
The affidavit alleges Dominguez sent explicit messages to an undercover agent and photos showing a child being sexually assaulted. After getting an emergency subpoeana, the task force accessed a Kik account registered to Dominguez, raided the West Side home where he was staying and arrested him on Dec. 27.
Dominguez told agents he assaulted the child at a home, but changed his story to say it was at a motel, the affidavit said.
Garcia, meanwhile, admitted that he also had used Kik to upload and distribute images of child pornography — pictures of him molesting an 18-month-old toddler. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations raided his home on Jan. 31, 2018 and arrested him.
He faces 15 to 30 years in federal prison when he’s sentenced later this year.
Holyfield was snared in another Homeland Security investigation originating in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2016. He admitted streaming to other individuals a video of a child being sexually exploited and viewed many child exploitation videos after his San Antonio home was raided on July 31, 2017, his plea deal shows.
Holyfield faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced later this year.
Guillermo Contreras covers federal court and immigration news in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @gmaninfedland