Austin Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Production of Child Pornography
In Austin today, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sentenced 32-year-old Josh Rube to 15 years in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release for production of child pornography announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.
On May 30, 2014, federal and state authorities executed a search warrant on a recreational vehicle owned by the defendant and seized a digital camera, several computers and related storage media. An analysis of computer related equipment collected by authorities revealed numerous images of a minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including several images where Rube sexually assaulted his victim. In October 2014, Rube pleaded guilty to enticing a person under the age of 18 into engaging in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of such conduct.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI together with the Austin Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Devlin prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.