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Brownsville man accused of enticement

April 3, 2018

Federal authorities late last week filed charges against a Brownsville man, accusing him of enticement to produce child pornography.

Miguel Angel Lopez, born in 1996, appeared in court Friday where he was ordered held without bond pending a preliminary examination and detention hearing scheduled for Thursday, court records show.

On Jan. 6, members of the Homeland Security Rio Grande Valley Child Exploitation Investigation Task Force conducted an undercover online investigation to identify users distributing files containing child pornography, which led them to an IP address associated with Lopez, according to a federal criminal complaint.

On Thursday, federal authorities executed a search warrant on Lopez’s Brownsville home and discovered numerous photos and videos of child pornography on several computers inside the suspect’s bedroom, court documents show.

According to the criminal complaint, Lopez admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography, as well as enticing a minor to produce child pornography, according to court records.

The RGV Child Exploitation Investigation Task Force was formed in 2016 in an effort to increase resources to combat child pornography and cyber crimes against children in the Rio GrandeValley.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com