UI student pleads guilty in child porn case

UI student pleads guilty in child porn case

URBANA — A University of Illinois student from Colombia who admitted he possessed child pornography last year faces up to 3 1/2 years in federal prison when he's sentenced in September.

Oscar Hernando Moreno Torres, 39, who last lived in the 2000 block of South Orchard Lane, Urbana, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Urbana to a single count of possession of child pornography.

In a plea agreement worked out between his attorney, Steve Beckett of Urbana, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson, the government has agreed to seek no more than 3 1/2 years for Torres when he's sentenced.

Torres was one of eight men indicted in December as part of a larger investigation into the possession of child porn dubbed "Operation Blue Monday."

Local police joined with agents from the Department of Homeland Security in investigating the men found to have the pornography.

According to the plea agreement, Torres' possession of pornographic images of young girls was found by Urbana police investigator Tim McNaught in May, June and July of last year. McNaught found that Torres was using UI computers to look at the images as well as downloading them to his own laptop computer.

Torres has been in custody since his arrest Nov. 27, 2012.

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