|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||ANGELA DODGE|
|MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016||PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER|
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Mathis woman who was supposed to care for a young child but who instead recorded her sexual assault has been ordered to federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Rosa Linda Ganceres, 54, entered a guilty plea June 8, 2016, to sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production child pornography.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos handed Ganceres the maximum terms of 360 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by 10 years of supervised release, during which time she will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict her access to children and the Internet. She will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. The court took into consideration a letter read in court by the mother of the victim, in which she described the impact the sexual abuse has had on the child. In handing down the sentence, Judge Ramos stated “The facts of this case are horrendous. What you did to those children is unimaginable.”
At the time of her plea, the court heard that Ganceres and her boyfriend and registered sex offender – Daniel Benson Billman, 43, of Aransas Pass, placed an ad on craigslist offering babysitting services. The victim’s mother answered the ad and Ganceres was supposed to care for the child. Instead, Billman sexually assaulted the two-year-old girl while Ganceres recorded the assault.
In August 2015, authorities executed a search warrant at Billman’s residence and seized a cellular telephone. Forensic examination led to the discovery of a video of the child involved in sexual explicit conduct that Ganceres recorded.
Billman has also pleaded guilty for his crimes. In March 2016, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced him to 50 years in federal prison.
Ganceres will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The charges are the result of the investigative efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, Aransas Pass Police Department and Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
This case, prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Hugo R. Martinez, 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/psc and click on the tab “resources.”