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Chico man sentenced to prison after child porn found on garage sale computer

An investigation that began when a citizen reported finding child pornography on a computer obtained at a garage sale culminated today in a prison sentence for a former Chico resident.

Armando Hernandez, 34, was sentenced in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to eight years in prison for receipt of child pornography, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, in summer 2010, a Glenn County resident contacted law enforcement officers to report that he had found child pornography on a computer he had gotten for free at a garage sale. The computer initially appeared to be inoperable, but the citizens repaired it and discovered images of child pornography on the hard drive.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a forensic review of the computer, which showed that the Microsoft Windows software loaded on the computer was registered to Hernandez. The computer also contained photographs of Hernandez, authorities said.

The forensic review revealed that there were approximately 450 still images and 250 videos of child pornography on the computer. Many were downloaded by Hernandez using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, authorities said.

On Jan. 20, 2011, Hernandez was contacted in San Diego on the cruise ship where he worked. Law enforcement agents found child pornography on the laptop he had in his possession at the time. Authorities said Hernandez admitted that he had abandoned the other computer in Chico in 2009 before he left to work on the cruise ship.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI.