San Diego RCFL Aids Joint Investigation of Man Accused of Possessing Child Pornography
11/15/2010: San Diego RCFL Aids Joint Investigation of Man Accused of Possessing Child Pornography
On 11/8/10, FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents arrested Joseph Valencia Gonzales II, 36, as he sat in his car on Naval Base Coronado. According to press reports, Gonzales was using a restaurant's wireless Internet service to view and download child pornography on his personal computer. He was officially charged in U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego with possessing child pornography after an analysis conducted by the San Diego RCFL (SDRCFL) found at least 42 image files and three videos depicting child pornography on his computer.
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.
If convicted, Valencia faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the child pornography charge. 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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