Kingman man sentenced to prison for child porn

A Kingman man was sentenced by a federal judge Monday in Phoenix to almost 11 years in prison for 30 felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.

A federal jury found Hector Vasquez guilty in March 2002 of three counts of distributing child pornography, 24 counts of receiving child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography, according to an Office of the United States Attorney press release.

Computer images were of children as young as 5 years old and up to 12 years old engaging in sexual acts with adults, the release stated.

In April 1998, Vasquez's girlfriend notified law enforcement that Vasquez was creating false checks on his computer.

The girlfriend told authorities that Vasquez, 37, used the checks to buy computer equipment, which he then resold.

She also told police that Vasquez viewed child pornography on his computer, the release stated.

With a search warrant, Kingman police officers and FBI agents seized Vasquez's computer and several computer disks.

A computer expert analyzed the disks and the computer and discovered a significant amount of child pornography.

The girlfriend testified at Vasquez's trial that the defendant watched a computer video of a 7-year-old boy who was sexually abused by a man, the release stated.

In the three counts of distributing child pornography, Vasquez distributed computer disks to a 14-year-old boy.

The boy also testified at the trial that Vasquez gave him disks containing hard-core pornography and encouraged him to view the disks.

The boy admitted taking the disks and showing other under-age children, the release stated.

A different girlfriend testified at his trial that Vasquez possessed more than 2,000 images of child pornography in 1996, the release stated.

In his defense, Vasquez testified that he downloaded the pornography with hopes that those sending the material would be identified and caught.

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District Court Judge Mary Murguia rejected that defense based on the lack of evidence and found that in Vasquez lying on the stand, he also committed obstruction of justice.

Murguia sentenced Vasquez to 10 years and eight months in prison and three years of probation for receiving and distributing child pornography, the release stated.

The judge also sentenced Vasquez to five years for the possession of child pornography to be served concurrently or at the same time as the other sentence.

Vasquez will also be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison and attend sex offender counseling.

He will also have no contact with children under 18 years old.