GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) - A Maryland man was sentenced to five years followed by 10 years of supervised release for transporting child pornography. Judge Deborah K. Chasanow ordered that upon his release from prison, Nestor Gualteros, 39, of Silver Spring, Maryland, must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
According to his plea agreement, from at least April 2009, Gualteros belonged to groups on a social networking site that was under investigation by law enforcement for the trafficking of child pornography.
On August 3, 2010, Gualteros was interviewed by law enforcement and confessed to distributing and receiving child pornography, including images of prepubescent children, from his desktop computer at his place of employment in Herndon, Virginia. Gualteros also advised that he downloaded child pornography onto two flash drives that he kept hidden underneath his desk drawer at his place of employment.
In December of 2009, Gualteros took his work computer from his place of employment in Virginia, to his home in Silver Spring, where he continued to view child pornography. The evidence showed that Gualteros distributed over 900 images to 15 different groups on the social networking site.
A forensic examination of Gualteros' home computer revealed over 1,400 thumbnails, or previewed images, of child pornography. A search warrant was obtained to seize and search the digital media belonging to Gualteros.
One flash drive contained over 11,000 images and seven videos of child pornography. One other flash drive contained over 12,000 images of child pornography. Gualteros' place of employment in Virginia consented to a forensic review of his work computer which revealed over 800 images and three videos of child pornography.