Man sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for child pornography
Jan 26, 2013 (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Richard Mendoza, 22, of Lubbock was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 135 months in federal prison and a 15-year term of supervised release.
Mendoza pleaded guilty in October to one count of receipt of child pornography. He has been in custody at the Lubbock County Jail since his arrest in August. The judge ordered Mendoza's federal sentence to run concurrently with any time he receives in his open Lubbock County burglary case.
According to a Department of Justice news release, investigators accuse Mendoza of searching the Internet for videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct in January 2012.
Authorities said Mendoza intentionally and knowingly downloaded a digital video file depicting a female child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The effort is led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy.
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