South L.A. Man Sentenced to Over a Decade in Prison in Child Porn Case


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A South Los Angeles man was sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars for receiving child pornography he obtained over a peer-to-peer computer network, federal prosecutors announced today.

Fernando Vasquez Garcia, 31, was sentenced in Los Angeles federal court to 121 months in prison, which will be followed by a lifetime period of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. on Friday also ordered Garcia to pay $1,000 in restitution to one victim and a $5,000 special assessment pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

Garcia pleaded guilty in February to one count of receiving child pornography. Garcia admitted obtaining videos and still images from a peer-to- peer network that depicted, among other things, a 10-year-old being forced to have sex and children under the age of 2 being used for sex acts, federal prosecutors said.

When he was juvenile, Garcia committed a lewd act on a child, according to court documents. Prosecutors argued that the juvenile offense, combined with the child pornography offense, demonstrated a ``well-documented and lifelong sexual interest in, and obsession with, children.''


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