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Fresno Man Gets 55 Years in Prison for Child Porn With 6-Year-Old
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
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October 11, 2021

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A Fresno man was sentenced Friday to 55 years in federal prison for making and distributing child pornography.

“The fact that the defendant used social media to sexually exploit the victims serves as a reminder that the internet can be a dangerous place especially for children.” — Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert

According to court documents, the activities of 29-year-old Jacob Blanco were uncovered in March 2017 by the parents of a child who was just 6 years old at the time.

The parents discovered that their child had communicated with and created sexually explicit images with someone on the social media application Musical.ly (now TikTok).

Investigators identified Blanco as the culprit.

A search of Blanco’s residence and digital devices showed that he also had convinced multiple minors to produce sexually explicit material. Investigators said that Blanco pretended to be a modeling agent or to be a minor himself.

Blanco Contacted at Least 50 Minors

As part of his plea agreement, Blanco confessed to communicating with at least 50 minors.

“Today’s sentence is warranted due to the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, the large number of minor victims, and the impact that the defendant’s conduct has had — and will continue to have — on the dozens of children victimized by the defendant,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert in a news release. “The fact that the defendant used social media to sexually exploit the victims serves as a reminder that the internet can be a dangerous place especially for children.”

Homeland Security, the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office, and the Fresno Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Gappa and Trial Attorney Nadia C. Prinz of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) prosecuted the case.

 

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Bill McEwen,
News Director
Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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