A Victoria resident has been sentenced to federal prison for possessing thousands of sexually explicit images of children.

According to a report from the United States Department of Justice, Paul Thomas Rosales, 40, has been sentenced to 176 months in federal prison.

The math equates to roughly over 14.5 years.

At the time of his plea, Rosales admitted to receiving the pornographic images of children.

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That's right: just 14.5 years for possessing thousands of pornographic images of children, which included an infant, several others ages 2-3, and countless others ages 5-16.

“Today we are reminded of how heinous crimes against children are, as some of Rosales' youngest victims were infants,” said Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of FBI. “The FBI will continue to work tirelessly to protect children from sexual exploitation and bring these reprehensible predators to justice.”

Rosales will be placed on 15 years of supervised released once he completes his stint in federal prison. Rosales will be required to register as a sex offender and will be prohibited from using the internet.

Authorities had linked Rosales to explicit materials found on a peer-to-peer network. The area task force investigation soon led them to his residence in Victoria.

Previously released on bond, he was taken into custody following the sentencing today where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI – Corpus Christi Resident Agency and Victoria Police Department conducted the investigation along with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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