Feds accuse Harlingen man of having child porn

Federal prosecutors allege a 30-year-old Harlingen man collected 200 child pornography videos over a two-year period.

Genaro Torres Alejo Jr. appeared in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan on Friday morning to face child pornography charges.

According to a criminal complaint, Homeland Security Investigations began looking into an internet protocol address on April 25 that authorities allege possessed images and video files of child pornography.

HSI agents executed a search warrant Thursday at Alejo’s Harlingen residence and arrested the man.

Alejo apparently told investigators that he had searched for and received child pornography for the past two years, according to the criminal complaint.

He faces a maximum 20-year sentence, possible restitution to the victims, as well as being required to register as a sex offender for life if convicted.

Alejo is being temporarily held without bond pending probable cause and detention hearings scheduled for June 5.