Raul Roy Marquez, of Tomball, 62, has been ordered to federal prison for 30 years following his convictions of production and distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Marquez pleaded guilty to the charges June 13.
Today, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore handed him a 360-month sentence for the production charge and another 60 months for distribution, which will be served concurrently. He was also ordered to serve the rest of his life on supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.
During the course of the investigation, law enforcement had downloaded a video of a minor boy and girl, both under the age of 14, engaging in sexual intercourse. The investigation revealed Marquez was using his employer’s computer network to run peer-to-peer software allowing him to amass a huge collection of child pornography. Multiple search warrants were executed and it was soon discovered that Marquez had not only downloaded and distributed child pornography from his work computer but also possessed the material on personal computers and DVD/CDs. He also had hidden it in multiple locations including within several vehicle trunks and garages on property he owned.
Forensic analysis revealed approximately 1,026 videos and 34,436 images containing child pornography, 78 of which were produced by Marquez. Several of the images/videos he possessed contained sadistic masochistic or violent conduct with many depicting children whose hands and feet were bound by rope or clothing. Some of the videos were extremely lengthy—one, in fact, ran for 53 minutes.
He was ordered into custody after his Oct. 16, 2013, arrest when it was determined he was a flight risk and a danger to the community. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack and investigated by the FBI, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.