LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – A man who was employed as the head softball coach at Silverado High School has been charged with multiple felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child and transporting child pornography, after he allegedly exchanged sexually explicit text messages and photographs with a minor girl, the U.S. attorney general’s office said.
Albert Silva Hernandez Jr., 43, of Las Vegas was charged in an indictment returned Wednesday by the federal grand jury with eight counts of sexual exploitation of a child and three counts of transporting child pornography.
Hernandez is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court at 3 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston.
If convicted, Hernandez faces 15 years minimum on each sexual exploitation count and five years minimum on each child pornography count.
According to the indictment, the text messages were exchanged between Hernandez and the victim on Dec. 25, Jan. 29 and Feb. 1-2.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Clark County School District Police.
The case has been brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.