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Distributor of Child Pornography Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison
Defendant Used Limewire to Distribute Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2009
  • Northern District of California (415) 436-7200

SAN FRANCISCO—Ruben Beltran-Hernandez was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced.

Beltran-Hernandez was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 8, 2008 on charges of distribution and possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C.§ 2252(a)(2) and 18 U.S.C.§ 2252(a)(4)(B). On May 7, 2009, the defendant pleaded guilty, without a plea agreement, to both charges.

The defendant made images and videos of child victims available to others through a computer software program known as Limewire. The defendant’s child pornography collection included images of prepubescent children who were bound, raped and sodomized.

The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup following a guilty plea on two counts of distribution and possession of child pornography in violation of 18 U.S.C.§ 2252(a)(2) and 18 U.S.C.§ 2252(a)(4)(B). Judge Alsup sentenced the defendant to nine years on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. Judge Alsup also sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release. Upon release, Beltran-Hernandez is also subject to deportation, restrictions on computer usage, search conditions and registration as a sex offender. The defendant will begin serving his sentence on December 10, 2009.

Katherine B. Dowling is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Rawaty Yim and Rosario Calderon. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by Special Agent Denise Biehn of the FBI.

Further Information:

Case #: 08-0726 WHA

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All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's Office should be directed to Jack Gillund at (415) 436-6599 or by email at Jack.Gillund@usdoj.gov.