Humberto John Lozano III wanted to be a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and had completed half of the 20-week academy when his life fell to pieces.
On July 25, 2013, Lozano was contacted by government investigators regarding his receipt of child pornography via the Internet during a period earlier that year, and the career to which he aspired evaporated. He left the academy and went to work in his family’s upholstery business.
Lozano, who had no criminal record and nothing to gain financially from his conduct, began looking at child pornography on Jan. 19, 2013, and there is no solid evidence that he accessed such material after March 11 of that year, roughly two months before he started his academy training.
“It was an inappropriate exploration of a primal urge; it was self-diagnosed as such and terminated, and it was a closed chapter in his life by the time he was first contacted by law enforcement,” defense lawyer Gregory Foster said in a sentencing memorandum.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller puzzled at a hearing Wednesday over what drove Lozano to this dark corner of the digital world. She called it “a very unusual case. It appears to be an aberration.”
Lozano, 27, pleaded guilty in February to receiving and trading child pornography, and faced a prison term of five to 20 years.
Mueller sentenced him Wednesday to the mandatory minimum five years, and ordered that he be placed on supervision by probation officers for 10 years after his release. He will have to register as a sex offender.
“And he has lost a career,” Mueller noted. “It’s a heavy price to pay.”
Lozano leaves behind a fiancée, a toddler son, and broken-hearted family members and friends.
“This case serves as a strong reminder that behind these images are real children suffering,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Segal wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “One of the images found in the defendant’s possession was of a prepubescent girl in the Netherlands. Computer forensic examiners found geolocation data in that image and were able to pinpoint the girl’s location. FBI passed the information to Dutch police, who rescued the girl from ongoing sexual abuse.”
Segal noted that Lozano possessed the image while he was training to become a law enforcement officer.
Lozano also possessed a pornographic image of a girl whose picture is widely traded among Internet collectors, and who has a standing request for victim restitution from anyone convicted of a child pornography crime and who had her picture.
Mueller set a hearing for Aug. 25 on the question of restitution.
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