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August 3, 2012

Riverside County Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Participating in a Child Pornography File Sharing Network

LOS ANGELES—A Homeland man was been sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison for his participation in a file sharing network in which members traded child pornography, announced André Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Central District of California; and Timothy Delaney, the Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

George Devinna, 74, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. James Otero late Thursday, July 27, to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. On April 2, Devinna pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Devinna, who has two prior federal child pornography convictions, has been in custody since his arrest in December 2011.

Devinna was charged in a criminal complaint filed on December 9, 2011, with the possession, distribution, and receipt of child pornography. During 2011, agents conducting an investigation of illegal file-sharing networks in Rochester, New York and Los Angeles uncovered several images depicting child pornography. Further investigation and subsequent Internet subscriber checks identified the distributor of the illicit images as George Devinna, with an address that matched his Homeland residence. The downloaded images linked to Devinna’s computer included sexually explicit photographs of pre-teen boys.

On December 2, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Devinna’s home, where agents found child pornography and other evidence linking Devinna to the file sharing network. Files found on Devinna’s computer included sexually explicit videos involving pre-teen boys that investigators recognized as part of a documented child pornography series.

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