FRESNO, Calif. - A Modesto, California man was sentenced to prison Monday for producing child pornography .
Timothy Valdez, 37, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Valdez pleaded guilty on April 29, 2013.
According to court documents, in December 2011, US agents and Canadian officials received information from the Danish National Police about child pornography on the Internet that appeared to originate from North America.
In a video, a man was seen molesting a young boy, officials said. Through extensive investigative work, they identified the man on Friday, March 9, 2012. Valdez was arrested the following day.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Modesto Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
“As a result of the sentence imposed today in this case, no one will have to worry about other children becoming victims of sexual exploitation by this defendant,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “Because of quick work by the Danish National Police and Special Agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations, he will be spending decades behind bars.”
“Today’s sentence should serve as a sobering warning about the consequences facing child sexual predators who mistakenly believe they can elude detection by hiding in cyberspace,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for HSI San Francisco.
“HSI will continue to aggressively target those who prey upon and sexually exploit our children," King said. "We owe it to the young victims in these cases, who will carry the emotional and physical scars of these crimes with them for the rest of their lives.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.