Former Marfa substitute teacher sentenced for producing child pornography

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A federal judge sentenced a Marfa woman to 30 years, or 360 months, in prison for production of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.

Sonya Conchita Murillo, 33, is a former substitute teacher for the Marfa Independent School District who possessed child sexual abuse materials, including videos of Murillo sexually abusing a prepubescent child, according to the news release by U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Murillo was arrested on June 7, 2023 and pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography in January, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Murillo’s former boyfriend, Patricio Javier Serrano, was sentenced in March to more than eight years in prison (97 months) for one count of possession of child pornography and one count of transportation of child pornography, aiding and abetting.

“The fact that the judge delivered the maximum allowed 30-year imprisonment to this defendant for producing child pornography, is indicative of the utterly horrendous predatory acts Murillo
committed. I am very grateful to our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners for their work on this case. Rest assured, protecting the children in our communities is undoubtedly a top priority in this district, and child predators will be brought to justice,” said U.S. Attorney for West Texas Jaime Esparza.

“Children trust their teachers and caretakers and Murillo betrayed that trust. No child should ever have to question the motives of an adult they interact with at school or at home. A child should feel safe and not be subjected to sexual abuse. I want to thank the FBI Special Agents in our Alpine Resident Agency and our partners at Homeland Security Investigations, Marfa Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety who worked together to remove a child predator from our schools and neighborhoods,” said Special Agent in Charge John Morales for FBI El Paso.

“Homeland Security Investigations aggressively pursues child predators, and cases involving people in positions of trust are particularly disturbing. In this case, the punishment is fitting of the crime. Today we are once again reminded of the need for constant vigilance — online and in our schools — to protect the most vulnerable among us,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric McLoughlin for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) El Paso.

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