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A Texas couple was sentenced to 60 years behind bars for filming themselves sexually assaulting at least 25 children in “unimaginable” abuse.
Christopher Almaguer, 27, and his wife, Sarah Rashelle Almaguer, 27, were handed their sentence Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty to enticing children to engage in the sexual activity in 2018.
“To me this is the most significant case we’ve prosecuted since I became U.S. Attorney,” said U.S. Attorney John F. Bash in a statement. “The Almaguers were serial child abusers. They abused 25 children that we know about—children from the neighborhood, children from church, children they babysat.”
Bash said the couple’s youngest victim was an infant and that the abuse the victims suffered at the hands of the couple was “unimaginable.”
“They also made videos of the children’s torture and shared them,” Bash said. “These are two of the most wicked criminals in Texas history.”
Chris Almaguer’s brother Paul Perez Jr., 25, also received a sentence of 20 years in federal prison after he admitted to receiving images and videos of the child abuse. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of receipt of child pornography.
All three will be required to be on lifetime supervised release once their prison sentences are completed. Chris and Sarah Almaguer were each also ordered to pay $10,000 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Fund as part of their sentence.
The investigation into the couple’s activities began after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit after receiving a cyber tipline report of possible abuse, KWTX reports.
Facebook had reportedly made the report after suspecting a user of uploading a suspected image of child pornography.
When authorities arrested the couple, they had five children living with them at the time. Investigators seized Sarah Almaguer’s cell phone and found numerous videos containing child pornography, according to a complaint obtained by the station. One of the videos showed her sexually assaulting a female infant, the Killeen Daily Herald reports.
Almaguer allegedly told authorities during an interview that she had been having a secret sexual relationship with Perez, her brother-in-law, and that he had requested her to have sexual contact with children and send him the images or videos.
Killeen Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Kimble said in a statement Wednesday that heinous crimes of this nature happen far too often.
“In this situation, the suspects in these horrific acts were arrested, convicted and will no longer be predators in our community while they serve their term where they belong—in Federal prison,” he said.
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