LAS VEGAS – A former head softball coach at Silverado High School was convicted Wednesday of multiple counts of child sex exploitation.
Albert Silva Hernandez Jr., 44, of Las Vegas was convicted of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in federal court. He remains in custody and is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Aug. 5 before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan.
He faces 15 years minimum and 30 years maximum in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
According to the indictment and the evidence introduced at trial, Hernandez, a softball coach for Silverado and for a competitive club team, had sexual relations with one of his 17-year-old players and photographed the sexual acts with his cellular telephone camera, and sent the images to the girl.
Hernandez also had the girl photograph herself naked and send those images to him by her cellular telephone.
The pornographic images were produced and the text messages were exchanged between Hernandez and the victim, on Dec. 25, 2011, Jan. 29, Feb. 1 and 2, 2012.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Clark County School District Police and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. attorneys Susan Cushman and Roger Yang.
The case was 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.
-- From news release