California man gets 19 years in prison on child porn charge

A California man was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Jefferson City for producing child pornography.

Timothy Lee Senkowski, Sr., 50, California, was sentenced to 19 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

Senkowski pleaded guilty to a charge producing child pornography that came out of a federal indictment filed in July 2010.

According to court documents, Senkowski turned over two computers to investigators with the California Police Department.

Investigators recovered numerous images of child pornography of a 12-year-old girl, as well as the beginning framework for the construction of a Web site that was intended to feature photographs of the child victim.

Co-defendant Priscilla Ramirez Flores, 41, Clarksburg, pleaded guilty to the same charge on April 2010 and awaits sentencing.

According to court documents, Flores told law enforcement officers that she was involved in taking some of the photos and had not objected to the photos being taken.

Flores also told officers that she had begun the construction of the Web site.

Under federal statutes, Flores is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison without parole, up to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat what authorities called a growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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