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.
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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.