A Thornton man was sentenced to six years in prison Monday after he was convicted of possessing child pornography.
Pete Andre Flores, 24, was arrested Feb. 18, 2010, after a federal search was conducted at his home, where more than 27,300 images of child pornography were found on Flores' laptop, according to a press release by the FBI.
The investigation into Flores began Feb. 6, 2010, when an undercover officer from New Hampshire was invited by Flores to use a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. The officer downloaded approximately 200 files depicting child pornography directly from Flores.
On Feb. 16, 2010, a Sacramento FBI agent who was brought in to assist in the case downloaded another 20 files from Flores that depicted child pornography, according to court documents.
Flores will not only spend six years in prison; he will also be supervised by authorities for 10 years following his release, the press release stated.
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.
Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children as well as to identify and rescue victims.
Flores's sentencing is the second this year as a result of an FBI probe that was part of Project Safe Childhood.
John Kenneth Calderon Basto, 22, of Long Beach, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in February for causing the distribution of child pornography of a 10-year-old Oklahoma boy.
Cole Machado, 25, of Long Beach, was sentenced to 327 months in prison and lifetime supervision following his release for production of child pornography.
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