Central Texas man, woman arrested on child porn charges

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A man and woman both arrested at their Killeen home are charged by U.S. Secret Service agents with using cellular phones to record episodes of child pornography then posting the videos to Facebook.

Christopher Almaguer is set to appear Tuesday in Judge Jeffrey C. Manske's federal magistrate's court for an initial appearance, charged with coercing a minor "to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and such visual depiction was produced."

Manske ordered Almaguer's wife Sarah Rashelle Almaguer, 26, just last Wednesday to remain in federal custody without bond pending more court appearances on an identical charge, federal court records showed.

Complaints filed in both cases show U.S. Secret Service agents began investigating Feb. 21 after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified the Texas Attorney General's Child Exploitation Unit about a Cyber Tipline report the national center generated based upon a report provided by Facebook.

"Facebook.com reported a user for uploading suspected images and videos containing child pornography," the complaint said.

On Feb. 26, attorney general’s office agents armed with a federal search warrant showed up at 1101 North 4th St. in Killeen to search for evidence of child porn, the complaints say, and as they were entering the home, the saw Christopher and Sarah Almaguer walking toward the residence.

Sarah Almaguer was arrested then and agents served the warrant, which allowed them to seize a cellular telephone that was in the woman's possession.

"On March 2, 2018, (agents) reviewed the Forensic Extraction Report on the (seized) … cell phone. Contained in the ‘Video’ folder of the report are numerous videos containing child pornography," the complaint says.

Additionally, the CPS investigator stated neither Sarah nor Chris has a vehicle and neither is employed.

Child Protective Services was informed of the federal investigation and CPS reported there were five children living in the residence where the Almaguers were arrested.

The court documents do not mention the status or ages of the children.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Waco's Federal Courthouse.