School custodian gets more than 5 years in child porn case [Sun Sentinel]
(South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 10--A custodian at two Broward County elementary schools was sentenced Wednesday in Miami federal court to five and a half years in prison for possession of child pornography.
Javier Montes-Potes, 66, who lived alone in a Davie efficiency, pleaded no contest to one count of possession of more than 50 videos depicting children in sexual situations.
Along with his prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola ordered that upon his release, Montes-Potes must remain under supervised probation for the rest of his life.
He worked as a custodian at Sanders Park Elementary School in Pompano Beach and Silver Ridge Elementary School in Davie, but school officials said they had no indication he ever engaged in any inappropriate behavior with students. He was relieved of his duties and had remained in jail until his sentencing.
According to FBI agent Lisa Lamey, earlier this year authorities using investigative software identified Montes-Potes on an Internet file-sharing network as having downloaded numerous images and videos of child pornography.
When arrested at his apartment last May, Montes-Potes admitted he liked to watch porn involving girls between the ages of 10 and 12 and had about 50 such videos on his laptop.
Montes-Potes' attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Joaquin Padilla, asked that Scola sentence his client to five years. He cited Montes-Potes' age, the fact that he has no prior convictions, has always worked steadily and, despite the charges against him, still held the support of family and friends.
"Javier understands and appreciates his need for professional help," Padilla said. "Both family and friends have all resolved to stand behind Javier. Whenever released, Javier is confident ... he will never go back to the horrible decisions he made in this case."
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