Special Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified and arrested two suspects in a child pornography cases less than 24 hours after releasing photos of the alleged abusers to get the public's help in finding them. Federal agents and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department took Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, into custody on Thursday night after identifying her by both her facial appearance and her tattoos, which were present in the photographs depicting alleged child abuse. ICE officials say the incriminating photos of the suspect had been widely circulated and are believed to have been taken approximately 11 years ago. According to court records, the photos depict the suspect and an unidentified male allegedly abusing a young girl believed by authorities to be about 13 years old. The images first surfaced in a investigation by ICE agents in Chicago, but agents had run out of leads to identify the alleged perpetrators and their victim before asking for the public's help.
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A Pima County man, Kimball Hoff, age 61, was sentenced Wednesday to years in prison for the sexual exploitation of a minor under 15 years of age, the result of a probe by U. The investigation into Hoff began in October , when Homeland Security Investigations HSI special agents received information about an IP address downloading and sharing child pornography. On Oct. Based on the overwhelming evidence identified during the search the defendant was taken into custody and held in lieu of posting bail. According to court documents, HSI special agents discovered over 6, images and videos of child pornography ranging from infant and toddler age to early teens.
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Child Pornography Sentencing: Part One. Over the last 25 years, Congress has been diligent in reviewing and revising the Federal Sentencing Guidelines relating to sentences for those found guilty of child pornography cases. From to , Congress revised the guidelines in this area nine times, and each revision resulted in longer sentences for those convicted of child pornography related cases. Research over the last 15 years shows that the guidelines are not only increasing the availability of harsher penalties, but that harsher penalties are being ordered in most child pornography cases. In , the average sentence for a person convicted of a charge relating to child pornography was
DMC No. Due to his youth and inexperience, he downloaded these images. The FBI traced the images to his computer and executed a search warrant. His mother brought him down for questioning and let him speak to police.