Man sentenced to 6 years on child porn charges

Published On: Dec 13 2012 03:44:56 PM EST

A 22-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison for receiving videos depicting child pornography over the Internet, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In sentencing Joaquin Manuel, U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger also ordered to serve a 15-year term of supervised release following his release from prison, and to register as sex offender.

According to court documents, a special agent with Homeland Security, determined that a computer using a particular Internet Protocol address was hosting child pornography on the Internet. The agent was able to download several videos depicting child pornography from the host computer, which turned out to be at Marrero's Jacksonville home.

During a search in March, federal agents seized a laptop and a desktop computer and a USB thumb drive. Prosecutors say a forensic analysis revealed that they contained a total of 246 videos depicting children being sexually abused.

According to court records, Marrero admitted that he downloaded these videos from the Internet.

“Receiving child pornography is not a victimless crime,” said Sue McCormick, special agent in charge of Homeland Security in Tampa. “Child predators take note. You cannot hide. We will find you and ensure that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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