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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 22, 2020

L.A. County Man Previously Convicted of Child Sex Abuse Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Possession Charge

          LOS ANGELES – A Cudahy man who previously was convicted in state court of child sex abuse offenses has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of possession of child pornography, the Justice Department announced today.

          Jesse Beltran, 35, entered his guilty plea on Wednesday before United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez.

          According to his plea agreement, Beltran was convicted in 2008 in Los Angeles Superior Court of two counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14 years of age. He was sentenced to eight years in California state prison for those offenses.

          Beltran was on parole for that conviction in May 2019 when FBI agents executed a search warrant at his home and recovered a smartphone containing 256 images and 14 videos of child pornography.

          The victims in the sexually explicit images and videos included prepubescent children, Beltran admitted in his plea agreement.

          Judge Gutierrez scheduled an August 10 sentencing hearing, at which time Beltran will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

          The FBI investigated this matter.

          This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeremiah M. Levine of the General Crimes Section.

Contact: 
Ciaran McEvoy Public Information Officer United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California (Los Angeles) (213) 894-4465
Press Release Number: 
20-089
Updated May 22, 2020