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Date: 04-21-2023

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United States of America v. Sean Patrick Fosler

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Court: United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Bernalillo County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque

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Description: Albuquerque, New Mexico criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with production of pornography.

On Dec. 2, 2021, a confidential source notified HSI that Sean Patrick Fosler, age 30, had live-streamed an incident of sexually explicit conduct with a then eight-year-old child through Snapchat. During the investigation, HSI agents located two Snapchat accounts belonging to Fosler, each containing numerous images of child pornography produced by Fosler with the victim starting as early as when she was six or seven years old. Fosler told the victim to not tell anyone because otherwise he would go to jail.

“HSI special agents remain committed to work tirelessly to protect innocent children victimized by those who engage in such heinous and perverse actions,” said Francisco B. Burrola, Special Agent in Charge for HSI El Paso. “This case was a great example of multiple agencies in our region collaborating to bring justice for a minor victim, and we will stop at nothing to put an end to child victimization.”

"Those who use minors for their own sexual gratification are selfish and cowardly,” said U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez. “Those who then capture and share those darkest moments of a child-victim’s life infinitely compound the harm. I’m proud to partner with Homeland Security Investigations, New Mexico State Police, and the El Paso Police Department to support healing and closure for the victim and their loved ones.”

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and the El Paso Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Marisa A. Ong and R. Eliot Neal are prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

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