Ex-Salvation Army Captain to plead guilty to child porn charge

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A former Salvation Army of the Black Hills Captain is expected to plead guilty to a child pornography charge after admitting to viewing and collecting child pornography since the early 2000s.

Javier Moreno, 41, was arrested in May 2021 for both receipt and possession of child pornography. In a plea deal filed in federal court Monday, Moreno is expected to plead guilty to the receipt charge in exchange for the other being dropped.

Moreno came to Rapid City in 2019 as a Black Hills Area Coordinator for the Salvation Army. He had previously been serving in Detroit.

Court documents detail the investigation following a cybertip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. Homeland Security investigators linked the cybertip to pornographic images on an account at the Salvation Army camp at Thunderhead Falls in west Rapid City where Moreno was residing. IP addresses were also connected a Verizon Wireless account associated with Moreno’s work phone.

In early May 2021, the social media platform supplied content from Moreno’s account to Internet Crimes Against Children investigators. They found over 10,000 recordings and images of child pornography.

A search warrant was executed a week later at Moreno’s home at the Salvation Army Camp. Thirty-three devices were seized.

According to court documents, Moreno confessed to agents that he had been viewing and collecting child pornography since the early 2000s. He also admitted to distributing child pornography.

A change of plea hearing has not yet been scheduled. Pleading guilty to receipt of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum five years in prison and up to 20 years.

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