Crime

10,000 child porn images land Richland man in prison

RICHLAND -- A Richland man found with 10,000 images and videos of child pornography on his computer will spend the next five years in a federal prison.

Franklin Mendoza Corpuz, 56, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane for receiving child porn over the internet.

Corpuz will also spend 10 years on supervision after his release and was ordered to pay $3,000 to one of the known victims identified in the pornography for more mental health treatment, said Jim McDevitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Corpuz will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"Child pornography victimizes the most vulnerable members of our society," McDevitt said. "These crimes involve real children that now need years of mental health counseling and treatment."

Corpuz, an engineer, pleaded guilty in June to receiving child pornography. He was indicted by a grand jury in February, two years after his home was searched by federal agents.

A computer and numerous external electronic storage devices were seized and investigators later discovered 1,148 files of child pornography videos and 8,866 files containing child porn images, officials aid.

The images had been downloaded between November 2006 and January 2008. Some images were children under 12 and some were sadistic and masochistic images of minors, officials said.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed the images and identified 13 depicting child victims who are known to law enforcement, court documents said. The children have been identified, located and interviewed and are "real" minor victims, documents said.

In April 2006, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cyber Crimes Center and Child Exploitation Section began investigating a criminal organization operating a commercial pornography website, documents said.

Corpuz was identified as a customer through PayPal transactions, documents said.

Corpuz told investigators he "wandered into these websites" because of "curiosity," documents said. He also said it was a "personal nature" and that he used the websites as a "release mechanism."

Corpuz's sisters wrote letters on his behalf asking the judge for leniency, saying he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after enduring years of verbal and physical abuse from his alcoholic wife that resulted in his "abhorrent behavior" that took him to a "dark side."

Corpuz's sisters said their brother is a "good person, a great brother and a wonderful father," who is remorseful and is not a danger to anyone.

The case against Corpuz was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative created by the Department of Justice in 2006 to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

-- Paula Horton: 509-582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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