HOUSTON, TX– A 32-year-old Houston resident has been ordered to federal prison for sexual exploitation of children, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
George Michael Granados pleaded guilty July 31, 2023.
U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt has now ordered Granados to serve a 600-month sentence for each of his two counts of conviction. They will run consecutively for a total 1200 months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court also heard additional information including a victim impact statement from the father of one of the victims who expressed his horror at this crime, the violation of trust and the pain this caused his family. In handing down the prison terms, the court noted that one day these two little girls will grow up and should not have to bear the fear that Granados may ever be released from prison.
“One hundred years is justice. Granados stole the innocence of two children, young girls he knew and were often entrusted to his care,” said Hamdani. “He betrayed them in the most horrific and despicable manner, all for his own deviant sexual desire. This massive sentence makes it clear – if you try to destroy our precious kids through such victimization and abuse, we will destroy your freedom by showing you only prison walls for decades to come.”
“What Granados did to those two little girls is abominable and unforgiveable,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Douglas Williams of the FBI Houston field office. “As a convicted rapist, Granados should have never had access to those children. Today’s sentence is partial justice for his victims whose innocence he stole and trust he violated. It’s precisely the young, innocent and vulnerable victims for whom our agents will continue to investigate some of the most difficult and emotionally taxing crimes.”
The investigation revealed Granados raped these children and recorded them on video. After filming, Granados uploaded the files to his Google drive.
In February 2022, law enforcement conducted search warrants for his residence, electronic devices and Google drive account. Forensic examination revealed three separate videos and nine image files, each showing his vaginal penetration of the girls. His face, heavily tattooed neck, arms and torso led to his positive identification. Granados was also found to be in possession of other image and video files depicting the sexual abuse of minors.
At the time of these events, Granados was a registered sex offender with a prior conviction for sexual assault.
Granados will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The FBI conducted the investigation along with Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Rangers.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharad S. Khandewhal and Anna Swanson prosecuted this case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about PSC, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources link on that page.