Rancho Cucamonga photographer accused of manipulating existing child pornography with photos of his underage clients and daughter has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison, but will serve just under about six months , according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records.
Jesus Alberto Moreno Velazuez pleaded guilty to possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on June 8 while his other charges were dismissed, court records show. Velazuez was also originally charged with two counts of possession or control of child pornography and unauthorized invasion of privacy, to which he all pleaded not guilty.
Velazuez received 312 days of credit over his 16-month sentence, 156 days actually served and 156 days of credit, according to court records. State law states that a four-day sentence will be considered to have been served for every two days spent in actual custody, said Deputy District Attorney Morrissa Cardoza, who continued the case.
Velazuez has also been ordered to destroy all devices containing child pornography and must be on the state sex offender registry for the rest of his life.
Cardoza said the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office was “satisfied” that Velazuez accepts responsibility for his “egregious crimes.”
“We also hope that serving a state prison sentence and being a registered sex offender for life will ensure the safety of your own children, as well as the community at large,” Cardoza said.
Fontana Police Department officer Kevin Anderson, who arrested Velazuez on February 2 and 8, said the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit had done a “great job” in facilitating his arrest.
Velazuez was a professional photographer and videographer with his company Studio HD Productions.
In addition to swapping the faces of some of his clients for pre-existing child pornography, Velazuez is said to have placed hidden cameras throughout his home, including a bathroom and his 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom. Images retrieved from those cameras included her daughter, her friend and four family members, Cardoza said.
However, none of the photos recovered from the hidden cameras reached the level of child sexual abuse material, according to Cardoza.
Hundreds of children were depicted in the child pornography Velazuez possessed on his laptop and cell phone. Most – if not all – could not be identified, Cardoza said. Velazuez obtained and distributed illegal child pornography through peer-2-peer networks, according to the prosecutor.
“The children depicted in the pictures and videos were in fact engaged in heinous sexual acts with other children and adults,” Cardoza said.
Cardoza also noted that Velazuez superimposed photos of his daughter’s face over images of other children who were depicted in illegal child pornography.
The investigation into Velazuez also revealed that he worked for Telemundo at one point, where he edited films for some of his programs, according to Cardoza. However, the prosecutor said there was no evidence to suggest that Velazuez would have had access to children through that role or that any of the children depicted in the child pornography were known to Velazuez, Cardoza said.
Telemundo did not immediately return a request for comment regarding Velazuez’s work history.
Shaun Khojayan, a lawyer representing Velazuez, did not immediately return a request for comment regarding the conviction.