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California man convicted of child pornography, sentenced

Allegations of sex crimes can have serious effects on a person's future, especially if they are convicted on charges. In a recent case, a California man received his sentence after being convicted by a Fresno County jury of being a registered sex offender in possession of child pornography.

According to a news report, last month a Superior Court judge handed down a prison term of 25 years to life. Due to the seriousness of the crime, and because he has been previously convicted of child molestation, the man will not be eligible for parole until he has served 25 years.

Reportedly, the 66-year-old man was in the Coalinga State Hospital in 2009 when staff and hospital police inspected his computer thumb drive. On the thumb drive, they discovered images and a video of sexual assaults on children. He has previously been convicted three times of child molestation in San Bernandino County.

Although a sex crime conviction can often result in lengthy jail time, probation and sex offender registry, it is possible to have charges reduced in order to avoid these types of consequences. The seriousness of sex crime allegations can lead to a loss of reputation that can affect every aspect of a person's life. In many cases, news stories regarding the allegations are readily available online, making it difficult to obtain employment or otherwise carry on a normal life.

Not everyone who is charged with a sex crime is convicted, and a detailed examination of the circumstances of the case may help bring a better outcome for those facing charges, as well as protect their rights.

Source: The Fresno Bee, "Sex offender caught with child porn gets 25-to-life," Paula Lloyd, Oct. 21, 2011

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