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Pocatello man sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexual exploitation of minor

March 14, 2018 GMT

POCATELLO — A 59-year-old Pocatello man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor.

Alfredo J. Padilla’s prison sentence will be followed by a life term of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Padilla on Monday to pay $5,100 in special assessments and to forfeit the electronic devices that were used in the crime. Padilla was also ordered to pay the victim restitution, but the amount will be determined at a later hearing.

In court, Padilla admitted to taking sexually explicit photographs of a 12-year-old girl. He also admitted to using, persuading or coercing the child to take part in sexually explicit conduct to create the photos.

Police were later notified of the crime after the victim disclosed the abuse to her counselor.

A forensic search of Padilla’s phone revealed 43 images that were relevant to the case. According to prosecutors, images of Padilla were interspersed with images of the 12-year-old girl. He later confessed to police that he took the photos.

Padilla pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor on Oct. 30.