Former Sailor Receives Prison Sentence for Possessing Child Pornography
7/11/11: Former Sailor Receives Prison Sentence for Possessing Child Pornography
The San Diego RCFL (SDRCFL) aided the joint investigation brought under Project Safe Childhood which brought Joseph Valencia Gonzales II, 36, to justice. On November 8, 2010, agents with the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) — a participating agency in the SDRCFL — arrested Gonzales as he sat in his car on Naval Base Coronado. Gonzales was enlisted in the Navy at the time, and was using a restaurant's wireless Internet service on base, to view and download child pornography to his personal computer.
The SDRCFL staff examined Gonzales' computer and identified at least 42 image files and three videos depicting child pornography. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California — also a participating agency in the SDRCFL — announced in a press release dated June 27, 2011, that Gonzales was sentenced to 72 months or 6 years in prison. Upon completing his prison term, he must register as a sex offender and undergo 15 years of supervised release.
Gonzales' arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Program helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. The SDRCFL is a member of this task force which encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood , and the FBI's Innocent Images National Initiative . Both are nationwide initiatives designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.
Child pornography is considered contraband – having it in your possession is illegal. Citizens can report someone they suspect has child pornography to their local police department, the FBI, or the National Center of Exploited and Missing Children's Cyber tipline on 1-800-843-5678.
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