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A federal judge on Thursday sentenced to 20 years in prison a year-old man who admitted to downloading thousands of images of child sexual abuse and to sexually abusing children. Elyas Rocha faced between to months in prison after pleading guilty in October to a count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

District Judge James Hendrix told Rocha the sentence he was giving him would reflect the serious nature of his crimes. Rocha, who appeared by video conference before Hendrix, has been held at the Lubbock County Detention Center since his June 25 arrest after Homeland Security investigators were alerted in February by representatives of the instant messaging application KiK that a user from Lubbock was ing child pornography using their software. Investigators traced the IP address of the KiK user to an address where Rocha lived and collected nearly 30 electronic devices from the home.

Meanwhile, investigators interviewed Rocha who admitted to using KiK to download about images of child sexual abuse and sending about 20 images. He also used another application, Telegram, to download images of child sexual abuse and sending 30 images. Rocha's attorney David Sloan said his client has been remorseful from the beginning and cooperated with law enforcement. Rocha told the court his actions were a result to exposure to pornography at a young age which led to an addiction to the material. He characterized addiction to pornography as an unaddressed issue.

He said he wanted to find a way to help other people who suffer from addiction to pornography. Rocha's aunt wrote a letter asking the judge for leniency, saying she hoped he would see past her nephew's crime and see him as the person she knew. Hendrix rejected Rocha's defense saying the images he was caught with involved "sadistic" images depicting the sexual abuse of toddlers. Among the images of child sexual abuse investigators found on Rocha's computers were images of his relatives.

Rocha admitted to sexually abusing those children. Investigators also found posts Rocha wrote on message boards discussing how to elude detection and capture. This is incredibly serious conduct. Rocha also faces state charges of aggravated sexual assault on , a first-degree felony that carries a punishment of five years to life in prison. Facebook Twitter . Lubbock man who downloaded thousands of child porn files sentenced to 20 years in prison. Gabriel Monte Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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