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Bay Area Man Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Attempted Receipt Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of California

OAKLAND – John Vicencio Vinoya was sentenced today to six years in prison, to be followed by twenty years of supervised release, for attempted receipt of child pornography, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Tatum King.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr.

Vinoya, 48, of Richmond, California, pled guilty to the charge on September 30, 2019.  According to the plea agreement, Vinoya admitted that, in July 2018, when he was 46 years old, he texted a girl that he knew to be fourteen years old.  When he learned that the minor was about to take a shower, he requested that she send him a “half body pic.”  Vinoya admitted that he hoped and intended that the minor would send him a naked photograph that would have constituted child pornography.  

Vinoya further admitted that, two weeks later, he sent sexually explicit text messages to the minor’s cell phone.  He attempted to persuade and entice the minor to have sexual intercourse with him.  On August 2, 2018, Vinoya drove to the minor’s home at a time when he believed that her parents were out of town.  He brought condoms and lubricating oil with him to the meeting.  He was stopped by law enforcement when he reached the minor’s home.  

Vinoya was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 13, 2018.  He was initially charged with online enticement of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b).  He ultimately pled guilty to a violation of 18 U.S.C §§ 2252(a)(2) and (b), attempted receipt of child pornography.  Vinoya has been in custody since his arrest by officers of the El Cerrito Police Department on August 2, 2018.

Katherine Lloyd-Lovett is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Kay Konopaske.  The prosecution is the result of the collaborative investigative efforts of the El Cerrito Police Department, the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations HSI.

Updated August 26, 2020

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