BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A Bessemer man pled guilty today to child pornography charges, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer.
MICHAEL LAWRENCE GARCIA-TORRES, 28, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Annemarie C. Axon to one-count of transportation of child pornography and one-count of possession of child pornography. According to the plea agreement, between September 2017 and February 2018, Garcia-Torres uploaded 405 images and 19 videos of child pornography to a Dropbox account. He also possessed 1,295 images and 85 videos of child pornography on his electronic devices.
Garcia-Torres faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, supervised release of at least five years and up to life, and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case, along with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Bessemer Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Leann White is prosecuting the case.