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Corpus Christi Man Gets Life in Prison for Multiple Sexual Exploitation Crimes

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 9, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 30-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison for the rest of his life following his admission he sexually assaulted four minor females, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Matthew Joseph Lucio pleaded guilty April 3, 2018, to two counts each of online solicitation and production of child pornography.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos imposed the sentence, further ordering Lucio to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Additional information was also presented today, including testimony that one adult and eight minor females had reported Lucio drugged and sexually assaulted them. The court heard that authorities discovered several photographs of what appeared to be young females on Lucio’s digital devices along with more than 24,000 pages of social media communications between him and other unidentified minor females that were sexual in nature. Other images included photographs of Lucio with narcotics and holding firearms. The court also heard from the victims’ relatives detailing how Lucio’s offenses have impacted their lives and their families.

In November 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) notified authorities that Lucio had solicited a minor female via an internet messaging application for sexual intercourse. Law enforcement identified the minor female who confirmed the abuse. Days later, law enforcement received another NCMEC report that Lucio solicited a different minor female via an internet messaging application for sexual intercourse. Authorities identified the second minor female who also confirmed the abuse.

Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Lucio’s residence, after which agents seized several digital devices and located narcotics. Forensic analysis of the devices led to the discovery of videos depicting the sexual assault of two different minor females. Both minors were located and also confirmed the abuse. All four minor females reported that Lucio drugged them before they were sexually assaulted.

Lucio was arrested on federal charges in February 2018 and has been in custody since that time where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Corpus Christi Police Department—Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation with the assistance of NCMEC.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/pscand click on the tab “resources.”

 

From our February 8, 2018  CCPDBlotter.com post

 

12 YOUNG GIRLS CLAIMING TO BE SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS HAVE NOW COME FORWARD

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s  Internet Crimes Against Children unit working with officers from the Family Violence unit were able to secure and execute an arrest warrant for Mathew Joseph Lucio, 08/12/1987.   He was booked at the Nueces County Jail on 12/27/2017 with a total bond of $500,000.

Since that time, several more victims claiming that they were sexually assaulted by Mathew Joseph Lucio have come forward.  There are now 12 girls, ages 12-16, that have made allegations of sexual assault against Mathew Joseph Lucio.  The sexual assaults are reported to have occurred between 2007 and 2017.

It has been reported to us that Mathew Joseph Lucio was identifying himself as Kane Luciano on at least one of his social media accounts.  It appears that some of the victims knew him only as Kane Luciano.

Several additional charges of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault have been added and Mr. Lucio remains in the Nueces County Jail.  His bond for release from jail has been increased to 1.9 million dollars.

This investigation is ongoing and there exists the possibility of witnesses or other victims that have not come forward at this time.  Anybody with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the lead investigator, Senior Officer Alicia Escobar
at 826-2996.

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From our January 8, 2018 CCPDBlotter.com post:

CCPD INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN UNIT MAKES A SIGNIFICANT ARREST

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s  Internet Crimes Against Children unit working with officers from the Family Violence unit were able to secure and execute an arrest warrant for Mathew Joseph Lucio, 08/12/1987.   He was booked at the Nueces County Jail on 12/27/2017 with a total bond of $500,000. He was booked on the following charges:

PC 43.26 Possession/Distribution of Child Pornography
PC 33.021 Online Solicitation of a Minor
PC 22.021 Aggravated Sexual Assault

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Mathew Joseph Lucio, 08/12/1987

This investigation is ongoing and there exists the possibility of witnesses or other victims that have not come forward at this time.  Anybody with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the lead investigator, Senior Officer Alicia Escobar
at 826-2996.

ELEVEN WOMEN ARRESTED DURING PROSTITUTION STING

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An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of ten women on charges of prostitution, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $2,000.  The eleventh suspect was charged with Felony prostitution, due to previous convictions.  The women were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer for sex acts in exchange for money.  The operation targeted several north and west side neighborhoods frequented by prostitutes. 

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Directed Patrol and Uniform Division Bike Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Program.  The Red Cord Program is a prostitution diversion program aimed to provide practical and emotional support for those involved in prostitution. The program is successful due to the collaboration between the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, the Nueces County District Attorney Office, and the Corpus Christi Police Department.  The program affords those involved with sex work an opportunity to address the myriad of behavioral, social, and psychological problems they have faced throughout their lifetime. Since 2013, Red Cord has provided case management, health services, job training, substance abuse treatment, clothing, housing, counseling, and other social services needed to address the circumstances related to their involvement in prostitution.  Participants who successfully complete the program have their cases dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.  

Seven of the eleven women arrested during Thursday’s operation agreed to participate and were accepted into the program.  Since its inception in 2013, 195 men and women have been arrested for prostitution during these operations, with 88 qualifying for the program, 56 agreeing, and 13 completing the program.  The Red Cord initiative receives no government funding and is supported entirely through donations.  To learn more, volunteer or donate, citizens can visit the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation at www.cbwellness.org.

Although often inaccurately referred to as a “victimless” crime, prostitution is inextricably linked to multiple other crimes including assault, human trafficking, sexual abuse, drug abuse, and the spread of sexually transmitted infectious disease.  Neighborhoods where prostitution is prevalent experience a drastic degradation of the quality of life that citizens expect and deserve.  The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat prostitution and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety. 

*SKIMMER ALERT*

Three credit card skimmers were discovered and seized over the weekend. All three skimmer devices were located by attentive convenience store clerks or customers on the automatic teller machines that were located inside convenience stores on the south side of town, 5900 block of S.P.I.D., 4700 block of S.P.I.D., and 3800 block of Rodd Field Road.

All three of the devices were “overlay” type devices that were custom made to quickly attach to specific makes and models of ATM’s with double stick tape.  All three of the devices contained memory cards, download ports, and an integrated pinhole camera that was aimed at the keypad to capture the PIN that was entered during the transaction.

It is unknown at this time how long these devices have been in place and there exists the possibility that other devices are currently in place at other locations in our city.  This is an ongoing investigation and we are reviewing video that was recorded inside these locations.

CCPD requests that local businesses check the ATM’s on their premises for any such devices.  We also recommend that consumers who use ATM’s carefully monitor activity on their accounts for fraudulent transactions.  Please report criminal activity to the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600.

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Overlay device found on ATM’s at 5900 S.P.I.D. and 4700 S.P.I.D.

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Pinhole camera on overlay device found on convenience store ATM’s at 5900 S.P.I.D. and 4700 S.P.I.D.

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The back side of the overlay device found on convenience store ATM’s at 5900 S.P.I.D. and 4700 S.P.I.D showing the memory card and the download port.

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The overlay device that was attached to the plastic keypad shield on the ATM at the convenience store in the 3800 block of Rodd Field Road.  The cover that helped the device blend with the machine has already been removed.

Mother and Daughter, Mail Thieves Arrested

Date:   July 24, 2018, 6:09 P.M.
Location:  Sacky Park Neighborhood
Offense: Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information  2nd Degree Felony
Case #: 1807240107

A person who wished to remain anonymous called the police to report that two females in a gray Cadillac SUV were going mailbox to mailbox in the Sacky Park neighborhood stealing mail from the mailboxes.   Officers swarmed the area but did not locate the suspect vehicle.

Senior Officer Michael Wertanen followed up on a possible license plate of the suspect vehicle and located the vehicle and the offenders at a residence in 4600 block of Cheryl Drive.  The offenders were in possession of mail belonging to more than 20 individuals from over 15 different addresses.

The offenders were identified as 51-year-old Lillian Martinez Patlan and 35-year-old Denise Nicole Livas.  They told police that they were mother and daughter.  They were arrested and booked for Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information  2nd Degree Felony, a second-degree felony.

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Lillian Martinez Patlan

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Denise Nicole Livas

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Some tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on preventing theft from curbside mailboxes:

  • Use a locking mailbox
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.

Welfare Concern For A Runaway With Child

The Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for help in locating a 16 year old Hispanic female named  Amy Gisselle Andrade-Guillen.    She is 5’2″ tall and weighs 140lbs.  She was last seen wearing a black shirt, black and white leggings, and sandals.  She is a runaway from a foster home in the 3700 block of Grassmere Drive.  She does not speak English.

She has her 8-month-old boy with her.  His name is  Iam Caleb Andrade-Guillen.   The child was last seen wearing a mickey mouse outfit.   Amy did not take any provisions for the child with her when she ran away at 11:00 A.M this morning.  She is believed to be on foot and does not have any known relatives or acquaintances in the Corpus Christi area.

Please call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600 if you see this runaway and her child.

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Suspect Vehicle In Recent Mail Thefts

#1805295002 – 13500 BLOCK OF DUCAT CT – 05/29/2018
#1806040086 – 13800 BLOCK OF MIZZEN ST – 06/04/2018
#1806050028 – 1200 BLOCK OF SANDPIPER DR – 06/05/2018
#1806270102 – 13800 BLOCK OF MIZZEN ST – 06/27/2018
#1807030116 – 4900 BLOCK OF BONNER DR – 07/03/2018
#1807035002 – 13900 BLOCK OF FLINTROCK DR – 07/03/2018

There is an ongoing series of thefts from curbside mailboxes occurring on the Island and the south side of town.  We suspect that the offender is driving a white 2 door extended cab pick up truck, possibly a Ford F-150.  It appears that this truck does not have a front license plate and also displays a handicap placard.

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If you see the Offender’s vehicle, please record the license plate or any other information available and call 886-2600.   If you have any information about the cases listed above please call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.  Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at  http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

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Some tips from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on preventing theft from curbside mailboxes:

  • Use a locking mailbox
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.

 

 

Major Drug Bust From A Simple Traffic Stop

Date:   July 8, 2018 at 7:56 P.M.
Location:  S. 19th Street @ Laredo Street
Offense: Possession Of Marijuana >5LBS<=50LBS
Child Endangerment
Money Laundering
Case #: 1807080100

Corpus Christi Senior Police Officer Christopher Meer stopped a vehicle for a moving traffic safety violation and ended up seizing close to 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana and over $21,000 in cash that is believed to be the profits of drug sales.

Officer Meer arrested John Andrew Alvarado, 01/16/1992, and Jeanette Marie Lopez, 05/06/1992, for Felony Drug Charges,  Money Laundering, and Child Endangerment.

Their two children, a two-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl that were in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop were turned over to Texas Child Protective Services.

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Homicide Victim Identified As Yvonne Villanueva. Murder Warrant Issued.

Date:  06/14/2018
Location:  4900 Weber Road
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 1806100064

On Sunday 06/10/2018, The Corpus Christi Police Department received information that a murder might have occurred at a residence in the 4900 block of Weber Road.  Investigators were informed that 28-year-old Yvonne Villanueva was missing and foul play was suspected.

CCPD investigators working with the Nueces County Sheriff Office were able to locate the deceased Yvonne Villanueva on Wednesday 06/13/2018 outside of city limits near Petronila.

A murder warrant has been issued for Trinidad Perez, 06/22/1968.   This warrant has a 500,000 dollar bond.  He was a known associate of the victim.   Mr. Perez is described as a Hispanic male,  5’08”, 220 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

This is an ongoing investigation.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of Trinidad Perez please call 911.    You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) if you have any information about this crime and you wish to remain anonymous.  Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest or conviction, it could earn you a cash reward.

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Trinidad Perez, 06/22/1968

Arrest For Continuous Sexual Abuse Of Young Children and Child Pornography

Date:          06/06/2018   08:30 A.M.
Location:  700 Chase Dr.
Offenses:  Continuous Sexual Abuse of Children, 1st Degree Felony
Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography, 2nd Degree Felony  

Case Number: 1806040102

The Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 43-year-old Mario Moreno on charges of continuous sexual abuse of children and also possession of child pornography.  The children were under the age of 14.

This investigation is still active and ongoing and there exists the possibility of additional victims that have yet to come forward.  Anybody with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the lead Investigator, Senior Officer Michael Ilse at 361-826-2995.

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Mario Moreno     01-28-1975

 

We want to urge parents to speak to their children about internet safety.

  • Create and set clear rules for your child and enforce those rules.
  • Know about privacy settings and ensure that your child uses them.
  • Speak to your child about the danger of befriending those that they do not know.
  • Contact law enforcement if the child reports being solicited, threatened, stalked, or if a person requests to meet the child in person.
  • Ensure that the child does not give out any personal information about themselves, whether it be identifying information or personality traits.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI DOCTOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ARRESTED IN EL SALVADOR

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release June 1, 2018 Contact: Deputy U.S. Marshal Adrian Collins
Southern District of Texas
(361) 533-7522
CORPUS CHRISTI DOCTOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
ARRESTED IN EL SALVADOR; RETURNED TO THE US
US Marshals, Law Enforcement Partners Help Bring Doctor-Turn-Fugitive to Justice

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — On May 31, U.S. Marshals and Texas authorities took custody of fugitive Jaime Sandoval, after he was located and arrested in El Salvador on May 16.
Sandoval is facing a charge of suspicion of sexual assault and for violating his bond conditions in Nueces County, Texas. He allegedly committed the sexual assault while practicing as a medical doctor in Corpus Christi.
Sandoval was to appear in court May 2, but he did not show up. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for the doctor-turn-fugitive on May 3. The Nueces County Sheriff’s Office then asked the U.S. Marshals-led Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force to assist in the manhunt.
The fugitive investigation for Sandoval gained momentum when authorities received a tip that led them to believe he was in San Salvador, El Salvador. U.S. Marshals coordinated with in-country authorities, who were able to locate and arrest Sandoval on May 16.
Sandoval is now in custody in the U.S. with no bond, awaiting extradition to Nueces County.
“The key to this case was teamwork, said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norm Merkel of the Southern District of Texas. “By local, federal, and international partners working together, we got the job done.”
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The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Corpus Christi Police Department, Nueces County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led task forces cleared 107,933 fugitive warrants in FY 2017, clearing approximately 79,930 state and local warrants, and 28,003 federal warrants. U.S. Marshal task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives. Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html.
For more information about the U.S. Marshals, go to http://www.usmarshals.gov.