Crime

Man gets 11 years for child porn

Sanger resident Luis C. Rodriguez, 46, a former University of California Kearney Agricultural Center lab technician, was sentenced Friday to 11 years and three months in prison on child pornography charges.

Rodriguez was convicted after a jury trial in May 2006.

The investigation started after workers at the research laboratory in Parlier complained about pornography that repeatedly appeared on a shared work computer.

Rodriguez denied downloading any child pornography, but soon after he was interviewed, he was seen at his home with smoke rising from a barrel in his backyard. Authorities found child pornography images burning in the barrel.

Rodriguez has been in custody since the end of his trial. He will be required to register as a sex offender and will be on five years probation after his release from prison.

Eric Schweitzer, who represented Rodriguez at his sentencing, said he plans to seek a new trial because of newly discovered evidence and poor legal representation by another attorney who represented Rodriguez during his trial.

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