In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 43-year-old Jason Lee
Sarabia to 285 months in federal prison for receiving and possessing
child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and FBI Special
Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth
ordered that Sarabia be placed on supervised release for a period of 20
years after completing his prison term.
On February 26, 2020, jurors convicted Sarabia on two counts of
receipt of child pornography and two counts of possession of child
Evidence presented at trial revealed that the FBI downloaded
thousands of child pornography files from Sarabia between August and
November of 2017. On November 30, 2017, FBI agents executed a search
warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized two cell phones. A
forensic search of the seized phones revealed a file sharing application
and the presence of more than 1,000 images depicting prepubescent
minors engaged in sexually explicit activity.
“I am grateful for the incredible work of the San Antonio FBI Child
Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force on this case. People who
acquire and distribute child pornography create the incentive for others
to abuse children in horrific ways. We will prosecute them
aggressively,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.
“While life has changed a great deal for all of us during the past
several weeks, one disturbing and horrifying constant is that children
in our community, and around the world, continue to suffer every day at
the hands of sexual predators. The FBI’s San Antonio Child Exploitation
& Human Trafficking Task Force is committed to protecting children
from sexual exploitation by holding both producers and consumers of
child pornography accountable,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge
Combs. “I am extremely proud of the Task Force and the FBI’s Computer
Analysis Recovery Team, which overcame extraordinary investigative
challenges to recover critical evidence in this investigation. Their
hard work and dedication not only resulted in a successful prosecution,
but the identification of additional victims.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide
initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and
abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S.
Attorneys’ Offices and the 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please