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Jacksonville man given 11 years on child porn conviction

Joseph Rodriguez Fraguada, 25, pleaded guilty in August

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. 

Joseph Rodriguez Fraguada, 25, pleaded guilty on Aug. 25.

According to court documents, the investigation began when members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children task force separately identified a host computer sharing child pornography from Clay County. Then, detectives in Snohomish County, Washington, identified the user of the same host computer actively engaging in online chat communications with a 10-year-old child, during which the user requested the girl to take and send visual images of herself engaging in sexually explicit conduct to him.

Law enforcement identified the computer user to be Fraguada. 

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Fraguada’s residence on April 27. They said they located a laptop computer under Fraguada’s bed that was actively running the file-sharing program through which he had been sharing child pornography. Fraguada also had a thumb drive containing a collection of child pornography, prosecutors said.

It is another case 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.