A Porter man investigated by the FBI seven years ago is now accused of disseminating hundreds of images of child pornography and requesting sexually explicit material from minors on TikTok, according to charging documents.
Frank Rosas, 47, is being charged with promotion or possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony, according to Montgomery County district clerk records. Rosas is currently out on a $30,000 bond, district clerk records show.
A so-called cybertip — a reported instance of suspected child exploitation on the interet — was made by Yahoo’s parent company to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about an email account that was eventually linked to Rosas. According to the affidavit filed Sept. 1, approximately 651 images and videos of child pornography was distributed.
A Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s officer in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s internet crimes division found Rosas sent two photos and a video in June that constituted child pornography, the probable cause affidavit shows.
A June 3 cybertip, reviewed June 28 by the Precinct 2 officer, included child porn images involving girls between 4 and 8 years old, according to the affidavit.
The same cybertip included a two-minute and 21-second video of a Samsung cell phone playing a video depicting the sexual assault of a child. A man’s face is visible multiple times in the phone’s reflection during the video, which the investigating officer determined closely resembled Rosas’ Texas driver’s license photo, the affidavit continues.
The cybertip also showed the phone number was associated with a third Yahoo account that included “frankrosas” in its username, which was found to have been created in the Houston area. Its user-provided information included “frank rosas” and a birth date, later confirmed by a database search to be Rosas’. A database search located Rosas through his Porter home address, according to charging documents.
The investigating officer on June 14 confirmed with AT&T that the phone number yielded in the investigation belonged to Rosas. His driver’s license includes the address linked to the phone number, which was verified by Montgomery County property records, charging documents show.
A search warrant executed Aug. 31 at Rosas’ home found a Samsung phone with a cracked screen similar to the one in the video from the cybertip. The District Attorney’s digital forensics lab found the device was linked to the phone numbers provided by Yahoo and AT&T. Also found were multiple images determined to be from the video in the cybertip as screenshot on April 13, according to the affidavit.
Rosas’ work schedule indicated he drove a commercial Volvo truck, which Precinct 2’s investigating officer previously determined was the vehicle seen in the cybertip’s video. Rosas’ employer confirmed he was driving the truck on April 13, the affidavit continues.
Additionally, the investigation found other cybertips reporting that a TikTok user with the same username Rosas used for an email account was soliciting sexually explicit imagery from underage users on the app, according to charging documents.
The investigation found Houston FBI agents executed a November 2014 search at Rosas’ address in an online child pornography investigation where the Porter man admitted to viewing online child pornography, charging documents show. A review of Texas Department of Public Safety records show Rosas was not charged in that case.
As of Friday afternoon, district clerk records show no attorney listed for Rosas.
Written by Jose R. Gonzalez