A federal judge has sentenced a 58-year-old Seattle man to 25 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for distribution of child pornography.
Richard Flores pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2011 and was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones. Flores, who was a clerk in the finance department at The Seattle Times, admitted that in February and March 2011 he downloaded child pornography onto his work computer. He then transferred it to an external thumb drive and distributed it using his Yahoo Flickr account.
Law enforcement found about 6,800 images and videos on the thumb drive.
Flores was previously convicted in King County Superior Court in 1997 of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, for the molestation of two young girls.
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“He is a dangerous man, and continues to harbor deviant fantasies involving the sexual exploitation of children,” federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo. “There is no reason to believe he will ever stop preying on children if he is released.”