Man gets 40-month prison term for making, sharing child porn

Man gets 40-month prison term for making, sharing child porn

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A man convicted of both making and sharing child pornography was sentenced to 40 months in a Washington state prison on Nov. 28, Vancouver police said on Tuesday.

Police said Joseph T Schesso, 35, of Vancouver, was sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted child molestation in the first degree, a felony sex crime.

The sentencing was "the culmination of an investigation that began in the fall of 2009," when police said they discovered photos and videos of children being sexually exploited were obtained from an IP address that returned to Schesso's then-residence in Vancouver.

Police said the case involved the Vancouver Police/Clark County Sheriff's Office Digital Evidence Cybercrimes Unit (DECU) and several photos were discovered that depicted Schesso sexually abusing a "known juvenile female."

Schesso first came to the attention of authorities when investigators in Germany discovered someone in the U.S. distributing child pornography through a file-sharing program.

The information was passed from German law enforcement to investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who traced the computer’s Internet protocol address to Schesso’s home.

Schesso, 35, will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after his prison term, police said.

Police described the DECU unit as a 9 person team "comprised of detectives and computer forensic examiners whose responsibilities include investigating a variety of cyber-related crimes that involve children, including crimes related to depictions of images of children being sexually exploited."

"To date, DECU has investigated 95 such complaints this year, and has served about 2 dozen search warrants related to child being sexually exploited, all within Clark County," police said in a press release.