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Defendants sentenced in Fresno federal child porn case

Two men were sentenced in different federal cases for sex crimes including possession of child pornography. Several law enforcement agencies, including Homeland Security Investigations, cooperated on the cases. The cases were part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, which is designed to protect of children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

One of the men has a prior conviction for a sexual offense, which enhanced his sentence to 10 years in custody. Upon his release, he will receive 15 years of supervised release. He was in possession of sexual images on his cellphone. The other defendant received 6.5 years in prison for receiving child pornography. He also allegedly possessed hundreds of sexually explicit photos and videos on his computer.

Allegations of sex crimes can permanently tarnish someone's personal life and professional life. In addition to all the criminal penalties that defendants face, they are often prohibited from having contact with children and may not be able to obtain certain types of jobs. They must also abide by laws that require that they register as sex offenders, sometimes for the rest of their lives.

Everyone who is accused of any crime needs effective legal counsel. Because of the public's view of sex offenses, prosecutors are under immense pressure to obtain convictions in such cases, which means those accused of sex offenses need to be well-prepared to defend themselves if that is the best options. Others may find that a plea deal for a lesser sentence is preferable. Speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that a person's rights and options are clear and protected.

Source: Ksee24.com, "Two Fresno County Men Indicted on Child Porn Charges," Oct. 15, 2012

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