Salvadoran National Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

SANTA ANA, California – A Salvadoran national – who was previously deported after being convicted of sexually abusing a minor – was sentenced today to 240 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography on Facebook’s Messenger after he illegally reentered the United States.

Jose Ramon Aguilar-Moreno, 52, of Fontana, was sentenced by United States District Judge David O. Carter.

Aguilar-Moreno pleaded guilty in July 2020 to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of failure to register as a sex offender.

In August 2002, Aguilar-Moreno was convicted in San Bernardino County Superior Court of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a minor. Following his deportation in June 2003, he unlawfully returned to the United States in 2016. Since that time, he failed to register as a sex offender in California or anywhere else in the United States, which was required because of his 2002 conviction.

In June 2018, Aguilar-Moreno used the name “Abel Aguilar” on the Messenger application to distribute three videos that depicted minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Law enforcement in June 2019 executed a search warrant at Aguilar-Moreno’s residence – which was across the street from an elementary school – and discovered over 900 still image and more than 1,200 videos of child pornography on his cell phones. Aguilar-Moreno’s child pornography “collection spans the gamut and is documentation of some of the most demeaning abuse inflicted on victims of child pornography,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo filed with the court.

In the sentencing memo, prosecutors noted that Aguilar-Moreno also used WhatsApp to welcome individuals to “the world of child pornography” as he solicited the exchange of images and videos. Aguilar-Moreno chatted with individuals in at least 14 countries, meaning “His reach and impact truly was global,” prosecutors wrote.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Carter ordered Aguilar-Moreno to pay $60,000 in restitution to the victims depicted in the child pornography in this case.

Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Marshals Service investigated this matter.

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