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Astoria man who said he was ‘obsessed’ with child porn is sentenced to prison

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A 23-year-old Astoria man who had hundreds of videos and photographs of young children being sexually abused by adults was sentenced to prison.

Charles Flores pleaded guilty on April 20 to possessing a sexual performance by a child. According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Flores was sentenced to one to three years in prison on June 12.

Flores was caught after police received a cyber tip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that he uploaded images of child pornography on his Google account in September 2016.

An investigation into Flores’ external hard drive found 20 images of prepubescent children between the ages of 5 and 12 being vaginally and anally penetrated by adult males. Other electronic devices in his home contained hundreds of videos and photos of children being sexually abused by adults.

“The defendant has now been sentenced to prison time for uploading and saving thousands of images and videos of children — some as young as 5 — being sexually abused by adults,” Brown said. “The defendant admitted when pleading guilty that his curiosity led to a sick obsession. Photos and videos of children being molested and abused are for all intents and purposes crime scene images. The victims are real people who will suffer with the memory of this abuse for the rest of their lives.”

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