A Moreno Valley man was sentenced to nearly two decades in federal prison for advertising child pornography on a “members-only” chatroom, Department of Justice officials announced Tuesday.
Angelo Harper, Jr., 21, was sentenced to 235 months in prison and lifetime supervised release after being convicted in the case in July.
Harper used the Kik Messenger app to to access a chatroom for people with a sexual interest in toddlers and infants, officials said.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators entered the chatroom last year and found several posts by a person later identified as Harper. The posts included images of child pornography and a link to an explicit video, officials said.
Her later wrote a post that said ““I have tons of pics and vids of little boys and girls. Pm me for chat and trade of kids under 6.”
Officials seized numerous devices from Harper that contained bout 9,000 images and more than 500 videos. Harper eventually admitted to using Kik to transmit the material, authorities said.