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Child Porn Convict Offers to Mentor Youths

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    A South Texas man who pleaded guilty in a child pornography case then sought leniency by offering to mentor youths must serve nearly 13 years in prison.

    A federal judge in Corpus Christi on Thursday sentenced 70-year-old Jose Luis Salazar. Salazar in March pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of minors by distributing child pornography.

    Salazar during sentencing told Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack that he never physically hurt anyone, had a lot to offer society and he could be useful mentoring children.

    The judge told Salazar he didn't understand the gravity of his crime and that's why he was being sentenced to 151 months behind bars.

    The investigation began in 2012 when an undercover Corpus Christi police officer downloaded child porn from a computer eventually traced to Salazar.