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Local, old-school attorney faces child-porn charges

Old-school, longtime local attorney Francisco “Frank” J. Enriquez, 66, was taken into federal custody last week and charged with possession of child pornography. If you talk to some local attorneys, the news was a shocker. Enriquez, they said, always seemed to be the pinnacle of respectability, civility, and decent standards. A real straight-shooter, they said. For Enriquez to be guilty of such a heinous criminal offense, they said, the exploitation of children for sexual gratification, was hard to comprehend. According to the federal criminal complaint filed Oct. 30, 2019, Homeland Security first caught up with Enriquez this past April while one of its special agents assigned to the department’s Child Exploitation Investigations Task Force, stationed in the RGV, was conducting an online investigation that would identify people using peer-to-peer (P2P) internet software that is used to traffic child pornography. Bingo. Up popped an IP (internet protocol) address. The person using that IP, according to the criminal complaint, was offering to participate in the distribution of images and videos of child porn using the P2P software. Send me a sample. Okay. The images sent, according to the criminal complaint, met the federal definition of child pornography. A subsequent investigation tagged the IP address to Enriquez’s McAllen law office. A search warrant served on the seasoned attorney last Wednesday revealed not only the P2P software, with which Enriquez admitted familiarity, but also child pornography on “multiple devices found in the Defendant’s office,” according to the criminal complaint. On Thursday, Oct. 31, Enriquez was handed a criminal complaint, charging him with “Receipt of Child Pornography.” That same day, a federal magistrate hit Enriquez with a $100,000 bond with a $10,000 cash deposit. According to the State Bar, Enriquez was first licensed to practice law in Texas 40 years ago. His main office is in McAllen, adjacent to the International Museum of Art & Science on Bicentennial, and he has a second office in San Antonio. Based on his county docket, he stayed busy practicing civil law, with some criminal law added into the mix. Enriquez also dabbled in politics over the years. He unsucessefully ran for the U.S. Congress in the 2006 Democratic Primary against Henry Cuellar, and at some point in time, also ran for a seat on the 13th Court of Appeals. In an ironic twist to this story, on Facebook, a woman posted a screen shot dating back to Oct. 31, 2016. Enriquez’s name is shown at ...

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