A local man has been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to entice a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. 

53-year-old Santos Gonzalez pleaded guilty on March 2, 2021.  On May 28, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Drew B. Tipton sentenced Gonzalez to 420 months in prison. 

At the time of his plea, Gonzalez admitted to soliciting co-defendant Diana Martinez to produce and send illicit photographs of a minor victim. 

Forensic analysis of accounts belonging to Gonzalez and Martinez revealed they communicated between Jan. 21, 2016, and May 20, 2020. Throughout the thousands of pages of communication, Gonzalez expressed wanting to have sexual intercourse with the minor victim. Gonzalez would offer food, groceries, gifts, and other items of monetary value in exchange for Martinez sending nude photographs of the child.

Eventually, Gonzalez no longer used Martinez as an intermediary, directly soliciting the minor victim for sex.

Gonzalez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced July 28 before Judge Tipton.

Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit along with Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.