SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for production of child pornography.
According to court documents, Jeremy Shawn Lopezieo, 35, participated in a live chat through social media. During the chat he live streamed the sexual abuse of a child not realizing he was chatting with an undercover agent with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. The FBI immediately located and arrested Lopezieo and rescued the child.
On January 20, 2022, Lopezieo pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography. In addition to the prison sentence, Lopezieo also was ordered to pay $50,000 to the victim. After his prison term, he will serve 25 years on supervised release. He has remained in custody since his arrest on February 28, 2019.
“I am hopeful the sentence handed down to Lopezieo gives the victim some sense of justice, even though it cannot mitigate a lifetime of trauma,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “I am thankful the FBI intervened so quickly in this case and stopped the abuse of this predator.”
“Today’s sentencing is a reminder of the need for continued and aggressive pursuit of all those that would rob children of their innocence and harm them in such a despicable manner,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich Jr. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners in our Child Exploitation Task Forces are committed to protecting children from these horrible predators and will do everything we can to bring these perpetrators to justice.”
The FBI, with valuable assistance from the San Antonio Police Department and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson prosecuted the case.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and 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 www.justice.gov/psc.