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Brownsville man sentenced for child porn

March 14, 2018 GMT

A Brownsville man convicted of child pornography said during sentencing that he now understands that obtaining and viewing such obscene material is not a victimless crime.

Christhian Orsonio, 28, told U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen how he didn’t understand why he was charged with a crime when he was arrested because he was not physically hurting people, but he said he now knows his actions contributed to the psychological trauma of the victims of sexual abuse shown in child pornography.

“My only desire is to make amends for my actions,” Orsonio said, before Hanen sentenced him to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested Orsonio at his home in February 2016 after investigators learned that child pornography was being downloaded and shared at an IP address associated with his residence.

Orsonio pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography Nov. 17, 2016.

Investigators discovered more than 1,000 images and videos on the man’s computer, including some that contained victims as young as 4 years old, court records show.

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