Midland man sentenced for child sex crimes

Jose Zubia, 44. (Photo: Midland County Sheriff's Office)

MIDLAND -- A Midland man has been sentenced to spend the next several years in prison for child sex crimes.

Earlier this year in July 40-year-old Jose Zubia pleaded guilty to one count of attempted enticement of a minor, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to a press release, on Thursday Zubia was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for the charges. U.S. District Judge David Counts also ordered Zubia to pay a $10,000 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.

Zubia was arrested on May 1, 2018 by local and federal law enforcement when he arrived at a spot to have sex with a 14-year-old who he met online and their 12-year-old friend. He was found to have cocaine on his person when he was taken into custody.

According to a release, Zubia admitted that he was planning on giving the cocaine to the minors. He also admitted to sending videos depicting child pornography to the 14-year-old.

“The sentencing of Zubia is an affirmation of the dedication, commitment, and hard work of the F.B.I. and the Midland Police Department to work diligently in keeping the Midland Community safe. The F.B.I. will continue to seek out, investigate and prosecute those individuals that target children for sexual enticement,” stated F.B.I.
Special Agent in Charge Buie in a release.

Both the Midland Police Department and FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Harwood prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.