Bandara man sentenced to 20 years on child pornography charges

Authorities say man's equipment had more than 115,000 images of child porn

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SAN ANTONIO - A Bandera man accused of distributing child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Authorities said John Roman Lavota, 62, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez to 240 months in federal prison. Lavota was arrested Feb. 8, 2011.

According to documents filed in the case, Lavota began using peer-to-peer software. A search warrant was executed at his residence in Jan. 2012, where authorities said computer equipment was seized.

A forensic analysis of the equipment revealed more than 115,664 images of child pornography, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"Each time an image of child pornography is distributed, that child is victimized again," said Vincent Iglio, acting special agent in charge of HSI San Antonio. "As a result of this HSI investigation, this child predator can no longer victimize innocent children. He will spend many years behind bars."

Officials said Lavota will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.


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