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Official gets 6 years for child porn

Tom Jackman

A former administrator for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Edwin Torres-Feliu, 49, of Woodbridge, was director of administration for laboratory systems at Customs.

In April, the Richmond-based Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identified Torres-Feliu as someone sharing child pornography on the Gnutella peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

In May, FBI agents searched his home and found alarge cache of child pornography, federal prosecutors said. Authorities said it was the largest child pornography file-sharing case in the Alexandria federal court.

Torres-Feliu pleaded guilty in June. Court records show that federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of eight to 10 years in prison. But U.S. District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton, finding that Torres-Feliu was unemployed, would lose his security clearance, and had no contact with minors in the case, imposed a sentence below the low end of the guidelines.

The charge required a mandatory minimum five-year term.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  September 17, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman  
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