HUNTSVILLE – A federal judge this week sentenced a Madison County man on child sexual exploitation charges, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Carlton L. Peeples, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger.
U.S. District Judge Liles C. Burke sentenced Kevin Alexander Guerrero-Beltran, 32, to 960 months in prison followed by lifetime of supervised release. Guerrero-Beltran was also ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution to the victims. In January 2023, Guerrero-Beltran pleaded guilty to transportation and distribution of child pornography.
“This defendant has proven that he will continue to abuse and sexually exploit children,” said U.S. Attorney Escalona. “It took a collaborative effort to remove the danger presented by Guerrero-Beltran to the children in our communities. We thank our local, state, and federal partners in protecting our most vulnerable victims. The sentence imposed ensures that Guerrero-Beltran will spend the rest of his life in prison.”
“Mr. Guerrero-Beltran is a serial offender who has repeatedly targeted the most vulnerable of our population and, with today’s sentence, I am grateful that he will never be in a position to harm another child again,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Peeples. “While no amount of prison time or restitution will ever give his victims back the innocence he stole from them, I hope they know that the FBI and our partners will never tire in our efforts to find those who seek to harm our children.”
“While we know the young victims and families of this egregious child predator will have a lifetime of recovery, we hope this significant sentence brings them the relief of knowing he will never harm another child,” said HSI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Berger. “This case sends a resounding message to those who would target our youth – we will find you and hold you accountable for your heinous crimes.”
According to court documents, Guerrero-Beltran has a history of committing sex crimes against children and was previously convicted of traveling to meet a child for a sex act in Marshall County. He was on state probation at the time he committed these federal offenses. Guerrero-Beltran was released from state prison on May 28, 2020, and a mere three months after his release from prison, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) issued a cyber tip involving the defendant sending an image of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on Snapchat. Separate from that, between October 17, 2020, and October 23, 2020, the defendant was involved in and became the administrator of a specific online group where individuals exchanged CSAM. There was also a second cyber tip issued from NCMEC involving the defendant uploading CSAM on a social media application between November 6, 2020, and November 17, 2020. Furthermore, between May 28, 2021, and June 4, 2021, the defendant was in communication with another individual inquiring about having sex with an eight-year-old girl.
FBI Birmingham’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force (CEHTTF), FBI Phoenix Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Huntsville Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation participated in this investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Leann White is prosecuting the case.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov
Media Release/U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama