CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 31-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison for producing child pornography via social media, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Lucas Antonio Nord pleaded guilty Nov. 5, 2019.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered Nord to serve a 200-month sentence. At the hearing, the court heard how Nord used social media to contact minor children for the purposes of having sexual encounters and for requesting nude images of them. Before handing down the sentence, the court heard about two additional victims in other States.
Nord was further ordered to pay $3000 in restitution to a known victim and will serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.
In April 2019, law enforcement learned Nord had contact with a 14-year-old minor living in Florida. He had asked the child to send him photographs of his genitalia via social media messaging.
Nord told authorities he also had actual physical sexual contact with at least two children and has attempted to solicit more than 50 boys on various social media platforms.
Nord sent the children photographs and videos of his own genitalia and sexual acts as well as videos containing commercially-produced pornography.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Corpus Christi Police Department – Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany L. Jensen prosecuted the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.