Man with ties to North Shore child pornographer sentenced to prison

According to court documents, Gonzalez-Castillo conspired with an Abita Springs child pornographer. (Source: WVUE file graphic)
According to court documents, Gonzalez-Castillo conspired with an Abita Springs child pornographer. (Source: WVUE file graphic)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A man New Orleans special agents say produced child pornography faces 30 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo was sentenced Monday for his part in two federal child pornography cases.

In the first case, which arose in Arizona, Gonzalez-Castillo was charged with distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography after a 2009 investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the second case, as a result of a nationwide child exploitation investigation, special agents with the New Orleans Office of the United States Department of Homeland Security determined Gonzalez-Castillo was responsible for producing videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

Gonzalez-Castillo entered guilty pleas in both cases. His term of imprisonment will be followed by lifetime supervised release with stringent sex offender conditions and the requirement that he register as a sex offender.

According to court documents, Gonzalez-Castillo conspired with Jonathan Johnson of Abita Springs to create and post videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet. Johnson has already been sentenced to 21 years in prison for running two international pornography sites.

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