Federal Arrest of an El Paso Man for Attempting to Transfer Obscene Material to Minors
EL PASO, TX—On February 2, 2023, the Federal Bureau of Investigation El Paso Field Office arrested 46-year-old Orlando Solis from El Paso, Texas. Solis has been charged by a federal criminal complaint filed yesterday with one count of 18 U.S.C. § 1470-Attempted Transfer of Obscene Material to Minors.
In connection with the investigation, FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey said, “FBI El Paso’s Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force will immediately act upon allegations of child exploitation in order to protect our community’s children. We want to remind the public that if you are a victim of this type of crime or know of someone who may be a victim to call the FBI at (915) 832-5000.”
“The district is grateful for the collaborative efforts of agents led by FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey to keep our students safe,” said Manuel Chavira, chief of the El Paso Independent School District Police Department. “El Paso ISD will fully cooperate with federal authorities throughout the course of this investigation.”
The FBI El Paso’s Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force along with U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the El Paso Independent School District Police Department are investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Valenzuela is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.
Upon conviction, Solis faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
It is important to note that a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.