Bradenton man sentenced to 27 years for child porn

Bradenton man sentenced to 27 years for child porn

HERALD STAFF REPORTDecember 20, 2013 

MANATEE -- A Bradenton man has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for production of child pornography.

Heriberto Pena-Salazar, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on Friday in Tampa, according to a Department of Justice news release.

As part of his sentence, Pena-Salazar was ordered to serve a 15-year term of supervised release, following his incarceration, and to register as a sex offender, according to the release.

Pena-Salazar was found guilty on Oct. 2.

In May 2012, Pena-Salazar persuaded a pre-pubescent female to engage in sexually explicit conduct in front of a video camera, the release states.

In a video recovered on Pena-Salazar's cell phone, his face is visible, as he is seen performing sexual acts on the juvenile, according to the release.

During an interview, Pena-Salazar told authorities he abused the child in order to trade the video for child pornography from others, the release states.

A review of computer lap tops and a hard drive seized from Pena-Salazar revealed 600 videos and 400 images of child pornography, including files depicting pre-pubescent children and sadomasochistic conduct, according to the release.

Pena-Salazar is a Mexican national, the release states. He was illegally present in the U.S., the release adds.

"This case was especially egregious, and, as a result, this man will serve nearly 30 years in prison," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Tampa. "Let this case serve as a warning to individuals who prey on innocent children. We will find you, arrest you and ensure you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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