Crime

Guilty plea to child porn charges

Merced resident Richard Sanchez, 43, pleaded guilty Friday to two federal child pornography charges in U.S. District Court in Fresno.

Authorities said Sanchez was online in a Yahoo group when he responded to a posting related to the exchange of videos of young teens. After exchanging communications with an undercover law enforcement officer, Sanchez agreed to ship a videotape containing child pornography to Pennsylvania. The defendant then agreed to receive delivery of a DVD that he believed would contain child pornography.

Two minutes after delivery of the DVD, a search warrant was executed at Sanchez's residence, and the DVD was located in a DVD player in his bedroom.

Sanchez has agreed to a total prison term of 12 years and seven months, to be followed by 15 years of probation, authorities said.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 12.

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