SEX OFFENDER FROM CANADA SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Defendant was Arrested at the Border with Hundreds of Images of Child Pornography
VLADAMIR REGALADO, 44, of Vancouver, BC, Canada was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to ten years in prison and ten years of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. REGALADO was arrested at the U.S./Canada border on April 25, 2006. During a customs search of REGALADO's luggage, an inspector found a note expressing REGALADO's sexual interest in children. A further search of his belongings revealed numerous CD-ROMs and a computer. The computer and CDs were found to contain child pornography. REGALADO entered a guilty plea on March 12, 2007, and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman.
According to documents filed in the case, REGALADO was attempting to enter the U.S. to visit his girlfriend in Rhode Island, when he was screened by border inspectors. The investigation revealed that not only did REGALADO have more than 555 images of child pornography on his computer, he had shipped other CDs with some 200 images and 140 movie files of child pornography to his girlfriend, a single mother of small children. REGALADO had been arrested in Canada on multiple occasions for sex offenses involving children. In 1994 he was convicted in British Columbia of a sex crime described as “an invitation to sexual touching.”
The case was investigated by Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, at (206) 553-4110.