May 27, 2014

Modesto, Escalon men in court in child porn cases

Two San Joaquin Valley men appeared in federal court Tuesday in separate child pornography cases.

Two Modesto-area men men appeared in federal court Tuesday in separate child pornography cases.

Kevin Munoz, 24, of Modesto was sentenced to six years in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for his conviction of one count of receiving child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a press release.

From December 2011 to April 2012, Munoz knowingly received or distributed more than 600 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to court documents. Some of the images were of prepubescent minors and some images depicted violence.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Ceres Police Department with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ceres also was the local agency responsible for the arrest of Escalon resident Allen Kendrick, 47, who pleaded guilty to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.

After Google reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that child pornography was found to be associated with a Google account, Ceres police found that the account had been accessed from homes in Escalon and Modesto from June 2013 through December 2013.

Kendrick was a registered sex offender on GPS location monitoring, and GPS records confirmed that he was at the homes when the accounts were accessed.

Kendrick faces a sentence of 15 to 40 years in prison, a potential lifetime term of supervised release and $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on August 11.

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