PASCO, Wash. - A Pasco man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted of child pornography production.
U.S. district attorney Joseph H. Harrington said district judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. sentenced Sergio Magana Jr., 26, of Pasco to 20 years for production of child pornography, and five years for the receipt of child pornography to be served simultaneously. Judge Mendoza further sentenced Magana a lifetime term of supervision during release, and sex offender registration.
According to a United States Attorney's Office (USAO) press release, Magana was found guilty in November of 2016 by a federal jury.
Police in Pasco first became aware of Magana's crimes in 2014 after a 14-year-old girl reported that she was raped by a man later identified as Magana in her family's Pasco home according to reports.
Detectives received the suspect's cell phone at the time of the investigation to find child pornography depicting a 15-year-old girl, police said. The phone also contained communication between Magana and the girl which included solicitation of the pornography, inquiries of where she lived, and statements that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with the girl.
Law enforcement officers obtained evidence that Magana had engaged in this behavior multiple times in which he contacted minor girls on Facebook and subsequently sought to meet or obtain photographs of the girls according to authorities.
Harrington acknowledged authorities involved in this case, saying, "the law enforcement officers with Homeland Security Investigations, the Pasco Police Department, and the Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force must be commended for their tireless work on this matter."
According to USAO press, this case was pursued as part of a nationwide initiative, known as Project Safe Childhood launched by the United States Department of Justice to help prevent child exploitation and abuse.