BOISE, Idaho – Jose Luis “Joey” Sanchez, 39, of Boise, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boise to 30 months in prison followed by ten years supervised release, for access with intent to view child pornography, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.
According to court records, between November 2015 and January 2016, agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) observed Sanchez logging into an online video conferencing application chatroom multiple times, where users were posting and viewing images of child pornography. Detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force served a search warrant at Sanchez’s residence and seized his laptop computer. ICAC detectives also interviewed Sanchez, where he admitted to logging into the chatroom, observing child pornography, and later returning to the chatroom. Detectives found evidence on Sanchez’s computer showing that he accessed the chatroom and communicated with other users about his sexual interest in children and locations where child pornography could be viewed.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Sanchez to forfeit the laptop computer used in the commission of the charged offense. As a result of his conviction, Sanchez will be required to register as a sex offender.
This case was investigated by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
As part of Project Safe Childhood, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office partner to marshal federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Monday, November 5, 2018.