Corpus Christi Daycare Worker Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Christina Cortez Daycare Abuse Arrest

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (08/05/2015) — 38-year old Christina Cortez has been arrested after allegedly producing child pornography while working for a Corpus Christi daycare center.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 38-year old Christina Cortez was taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly producing child pornography while working for a daycare in Corpus Christi, Texas. The criminal complaint alleges that Cortez took and distributed photos depicting at least one (two to three year old) child “in sexually explicit positions and exposing the toddler’s private area.”

While authorities have not identified the specific daycare facility where the images were reportedly taken, KRIS 6 News reports that Cortez has worked for at least two day care facilities in the past few years.

Cortez is further accused of having distributed the images to 29-year old Matthew Harbin of Brownsville, Texas. Harbin is also charged in the complaint and is currently in state custody. He is expected to be transferred to federal custody.

The investigation began when Matthew Harbin allegedly emailed three images to an undercover officer in England. According to prosecutors, the first images sent were of a clothed child (not in sexual nature) inside a daycare facility. Harbin asked the undercover agent if he or she had a daughter and inquired about trading photographs. Harbin later sent five additional images of the same child which were said to be sexually explicit. One picture allegedly showed a female adult’s hand making contact with the child.

Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Yahoo, Inc. last month which revealed that the email address used to send the images belonged to Harbin. The investigation also revealed that Cortez had originally sent Harbin the images back in July of 2014.

The criminal complaint alleges that communications show both Matthew Harbin and Christina Cortez indicated a desire to sexually engage with children.

Cortez was interviewed by agents with the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, just before her arrest. According to reports, she admitted to taking photos while working at a daycare facility and communicating with Matthew Harbin, but she denied the photos were pornographic.

Cortez was arrested and made her first appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jason Libby Wednesday afternoon. At court, she told the judge that she did not have money and requested a court-appointed public defender. An additional detention hearing has been scheduled for Monday, August 10th.

Both Cortez and Harbin face 15-30 years in federal prison if convicted of producing child pornography, and up to an additional 20 years for if convicted of distribution.

Commentary

Disgusting… I can’t imagine how disturbed one must be to sexually exploit a child. The fact that the accused worked for a daycare and was trusted to take care of these children makes me sick to my stomach.

News reports have not identified the daycare in question, and it’s unknown if federal investigators have identified the daycare facility or the victimized child at this point. My only advice to parents in the Corpus Christi area who’s children attended daycare last year is to reach out to the Corpus Christi Texas Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for further information. While authorities can file criminal charges against the abuser, the family of the victim also has the option seek financial restitution through a civil daycare abuse lawsuit.

Sexual abuse at daycare is an extremely serious offense, and while nothing can make up for the harm done, I do hope that justice is served in this case.

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One comment on “Corpus Christi Daycare Worker Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
  1. Brittany says:

    There is fowl language in this followin Post/Rant/letter written by Brittany (Matt Harbin’s ex wife)
    Guess what there is not 1 polite way to truly express any of what I wrote… I tried for the most part but…. meany face doodoo head doesn’t quite work for monsters like them.
    If no one shares this post/letter because the language offends people…that’s your own personal choice & you are letting the cycle of silence continue.

    I’m done avoiding or hiding or being ashamed guilty or offended because of him & society in general that avoids, hides, or wants to be politicaly correct…. when they can’t even begin to imagine how severely this fucks with the lives of people affected… they have no voice no outlet because of people that want shit sugar coated.
    PLEASE READ & SHARE

    IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
    I am no longer ashamed of my past or the things that have happened…. BUUUUUUT
    I’m fucking beyond angry/disgusted/pissed… and heartbroken…..
    Not for me or my family because we are not victims but survivors…
    We never asked, wanted, or imagined this would be something we would ever deal with 6 yrs ago…. but I never imagined it would/COULD get worse & worse with what he is & has done…

    I am HEARTBROKEN & SICK for the countless children & their families who have been exploited & hurt by my ex husband… I have carried so much guilt because I feel like I should have known even though he was the perfect liar & wolf in sheep’s clothing. I know none of this is my fault but I have hidden for 6 yrs my pain & shame for something my family never saw coming & is not our fault.
    For all the families affected DO NOT blame yourself, do not feel ashamed… because this is not your fault & you could not see it coming… trust me I was married to the fucker.
    I PROMISE you will get through this and come out stronger in the end. Please keep faith & love in God & the value of friends & family during this.
    This is me letting go of all the shit I’ve held onto for far too long & if you are a one of these families
    Don’t be sorry for us… we have gotten through this stronger as a family with more faith & love then we had before.
    Feel sorry & try to help any victims that are still struggling with how this changes everything in your life…. it took me 6 yrs to finally get rid of the guilt shame & negativity I carried from this to realize. …. it’s not mine to carry but the abusers. That’s where they truly fuck us up…

    Original post is on my facebook pg.

    Sincerely,

    FINALLY FREE, NO LONGER SILENCED, SURVIVOR, SHEDDING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, PISSED OFF MOTHER OF 2 WONDERFUL CHILDREN, US NAVY VETERAN.
    WHO MARRIED A MONSTER IN DISGUISE.
    Brittany A. Long

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