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Woodland man receives 30-year prison sentence for producing child porn

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A Woodland man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

Raul Gonzalez, 43, was also convicted in Yolo Superior Court for abuse of two minors in the case and sentenced to 30 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. ordered that the federal sentence be served concurrently with the 30-year sentence imposed in the Yolo County case, and that the sentence be served in federal prison, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the federal charge on June 1.

The case originated from a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited children concerning an email address that was linked to an online photo-sharing site featuring images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The email address was registered to Gonzalez, and a search of his home uncovered a cellphone containing images of child pornography, according to the news release.

Officers found that Gonzales had photographed two of the minors shown in those images and that one of the young victims was his relative, the news release said. Court documents indicated that on Oct. 13, 2013, Gonzalez caused the young relative to engage in sexually explicit conduct, which Gonzalez recorded with his cellphone camera. Gonzalez also abused another minor who was younger than 14 years old.

“Today’s long sentence underscores the egregious nature of the defendant’s crime,” U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said in a written statement. “Gonzalez preyed on and exploited two very young children, and compounded that abuse by recording it.”

The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy