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Yakima man gets 10 years for child porn

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Yakima man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Daniel Z. Mohrbacher, 56, was sentenced on Friday in Yakima Federal Court. He was also ordered to pay $27,000 in restitution to three of the known victims depicted in the pornography, according to Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

During May 2008, Ormsby says Mohrbacher communicated Online with an undercover detectives who was posing as 13-year-old girl. The conversation eventually lead to a sexually explicit conversation in which Mohrbacher provided sexually explicit photographs and videos.

A special agent with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement tracked the Mohrbacher to an apartment in Yakima. While he had been evicted for failure to pay rent, the case agent learned that Mohrbacher had left several items inside his apartment, including a laptop computer, hard drives, floppy disks, compact disks, VHS tapes, and DVD's. The investigation recovered approximately 50 images of child pornography from some of the computer data.

In June 2009, ICE agents seized computer equipment, compact disks, and DVD's from Mohrbacher's new residence. The agents also obtained approximately 404 compact disks and DVD's from a storage locker. A forensic review of the computers and electronic storage devices revealed approximately 3,229 images of child pornography and 22 movie files containing child pornography.

"Sadly, the Internet can be a dangerous place for our children. Fortunately, our dedicated network of law enforcement officers is committed to uncovering these sexual predators and our office remains committed to seeking appropriate punishment," Ormsby said.

In a phone interview with KNDO Monday, Mohrbacher from his home, says he agreed to pay the $27,000 restitution to help the victims of the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, but claims he did not have any communication with any of the victims.

"I have, for the last 15 years, been addicted to adult pornography. Some of it, would end up being child pornography. The judge made it clear, I was not a pedophile," Mohrbacher said.

From the date of the government raid and on, Mohrbacher tells us he pled guilty and accepted full responsibilities. "I continue to be in counseling and abstain from pornography," explained Mohrbacher. "I have no interest or want involvement in child pornography."

In February 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from Online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

To report these crimes, visit http://www.cybertipline.com or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's hotline at 1-800-843-5678.

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