Crime

Fresno man found guilty in federal child pornography case

A Fresno man was found guilty on Wednesday by a federal jury on two counts of receiving and distributing child pornography, acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said.

Alfonso Hernandez, 58, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 17 and faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count against him.

In January 2012, Hernandez’s computer was identified by authorities when he made 500 child pornography files publicly available through a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, Talbert said. Authorities served a search warrant at his home and found a computer and hard drives in a locked bedroom with thousands of child pornography files that he had downloaded and shared. Hernandez was arrested in September 2014 and has been in custody since, Talbert said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigation, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office of Investigation and the Fresno Police Department all conducted investigations in this case.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan

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