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Jamaica man sentenced for having child porn, molesting girl

By Patrick Donachie

A Jamaica man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, possessing child pornography and sexual abuse, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

DA Richard Brown identified the defendant as Apollo Munoz, 44, and said police searched Munoz’ house on March 24, 2015. Munoz told officers at the time that he possessed a gun and that there was child pornography on his laptop. Police found a Glock .45 handgun in Munoz’ bedroom and after investigating his laptop, found more than 55 files showing instances of sexual abuse of children between the ages of 4 and 13.

Brown said Munoz also confessed to molesting a 13-year-old girl for a period of six months. The girl subsequently told police that she had been molested multiple times by Munoz between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2015, according to Brown.

“It is extremely important that people realize that child pornography depicts real children being abused and who will forever be emotionally disturbed and physically scarred by what has happened to them,” Brown said about the sentencing. “In this case, the defendant went beyond fantasizing with pictures online and for several months inappropriately touched a girl whom he knew.”

Munoz was sentenced by Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt. In addition to the three years’ imprisonment, Munoz will have three years of supervision after his release and will be required to register as a sex offender with the New York State Sex Offenders Registry.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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