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Luis Morales sentenced to 11.5 years for child pornography

(WNDU)
Published: Aug. 10, 2016 at 12:15 PM EDT
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On Wednesday, Luis Morales, the former St. Mary's College janitor, was sentenced to 11.5 years for possession of child pornography.

Morales was sentenced to four and a half years executed in the Indiana Department of Corrections and seven years of probation.

The seven years served on probation has requirements curtailing internet use, residency restrictions, and prohibits access to children. Morales will also be required to register as a sex offender and comply with those conditions.

Morales was sentenced to 18 months each on four counts of possession of child pornography, a level six felony, and one count of possession of child pornography, a Class D felony.

Twelve months of each of these counts was suspended, and six months of each count are to be served in the Indiana Department of Corrections, for a total of 30 months executed.

Per the plea agreement, the court sentenced Morales consecutively on each count, meaning one on top of the other.

The court also sentenced Morales to 24 months consecutive on two counts of possession of child pornography, each a level six felony.

Twelve months of each of these counts was suspended, and 12 months of each count are to be served in the Indiana Department of Corrections, for a total of 24 months executed.

The judgment of conviction on each count was entered as a felony, not a misdemeanor, per the terms of the agreement.

Morales previously pled guilty July 13, 2016 to one count of child pornography and six counts of child pornography, each a level five felony.

As part of the plea agreement, two counts of child exploitation, each a level five felony, were dismissed at sentencing.

Through a joint investigation conducted by the St. Joseph County Police Cybercrimes Unit, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mishawaka Police Department and the South Bend Police Department, investigators identified Morales as the alleged operator of a computer that downloaded child pornography.

Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Morales’ home in Mishawaka.

Upon executing the search warrant, investigators found several flash drives and SD memory cards located in the home that contained over 100 GB of files-exceeding 100,000 in total number.