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BEAUMONT, Texas a Man Sent to Jail For Life

BEAUMONT, Texas -  A 45-year-old Galveston, Texas man has been sentenced to Life in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Jose Stephen Gracia pleaded guilty on July 27, 2015 to production of child pornography and was sentenced to Life in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 2, 2015, federal agents executed a search warrant at Gracia's residence in Galveston based on information that child pornography was being distributed from that location.  During the search, investigators located a digital memory card in a locked safe that contained videos of Gracia and his victims.  In these videos, Gracia, a registered sex offender, was engaged in sexual activity with the children.  Further investigation revealed the videos were originally produced in Jefferson County, Texas.  Gracia was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 7, 2015.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit<>

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