Child porn suspect turns himself in at Roma port

After nearly six months on the run from law enforcement, a Roma man turned himself in Monday morning on charges related to child pornography.

Apolonio Garcia IV, 20, turned himself in at the Roma Port of Entry around 11 a.m. Monday, after which he was turned over to the Starr County Special Crimes Unit, according to Brenda Lee, law enforcement liaison for the Starr County Attorney’s Office.

Garcia is charged with two counts of possession or promotion of child pornography.

Investigators with the Special Crimes Unit questioned on April 25 about a video displaying child pornography that was shared on social media, Roberto Treviño, an investigator with the Special Crimes Unit, previously said.

Garcia is accused of viewing and downloading the video.

The unit jumped on the case after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children first became aware of the video and forwarded information to the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office then sent the report to the Special Crimes Unit for further investigation.

The day Garcia was questioned, the SCU also executed a search warrant at his residence where the investigators recovered electronic devices that allegedly contained child pornography that investigators said included a local victim.

The investigation into others involved in the dissemination of the video remains ongoing.

bereniceg@themonitor.com