NORRISTOWN >> A Collegeville man who is a native of Mexico faces jail time and deportation after admitting to possessing child pornography on his home computer.

An apologetic Victor Marcelo Deanda, 28, of the 300 block of West Main Street, was sentenced Thursday in Montgomery County Court to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by five years’ probation, after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of possessing child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography in connection with incidents that occurred between February and April of 2015.

“You helped perpetuate this vicious cycle,” Judge Gary S. Silow addressed Deanda, implying Deanda, by possessing and viewing the child pornography, helped create the market that exploits children. “It’s just really a horrible thing for you to participate in, because they were children.”

Deanda apologized for his conduct.

“I’m sorry. I messed up. I know it was wrong. I don’t know why I did it,” Deanda told the judge.

Deanda was evaluated by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board, which determined he did not meet criteria to be classified as a sexually violent predator. Still, Deanda faces a lifetime requirement to report his address to authorities.

However, Deanda, a Mexican native, will be deported to Mexico after he serves his jail term, according to testimony.

“He was very hard-working in this country. He was supporting his parents here,” said defense lawyer Martin Mullaney, adding Deanda worked two jobs, as a landscaper and in a local restaurant, to support his family.

Deanda, Mullaney said, was “devastated” by his arrest because after he was locked up, his family, which relied on him for financial support, was forced to return to Mexico.

“He hurt his entire family,” Mullaney said. “He took responsibility. He knows he did very wrong. He’s been devastated emotionally and I think he feels bad about what he did. He’s remorseful.”

Deanda was arrested in April 2015 by the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, in partnership with local law enforcement authorities, during an investigation centered on those using special computer software equipment to share files of child porn, according to a criminal complaint.

During that investigation, undercover officers identified a computer, linked to Deanda, which was involved in such alleged file sharing activity, according to the arrest affidavit. Undercover officers were able to download three files, which depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts or poses, that Deanda’s computer was making available, according to the arrest affidavit.

Authorities, armed with search warrants, went to Deanda’s residence on April 13 and seized two laptop computers, court papers indicate. Deanda told investigators that the computers belonged to him.

“Deanda advised that he knew how file sharing programs worked. Deanda confirmed that he had seen videos of child pornography on his computer and he began looking for more, but did not know why,” Brittney J. Baughman, a special agent with the attorney general’s child predator unit, wrote in the arrest affidavit. “Deanda advised that he knew this was illegal and also acknowledged that the youngest he has seen was around 8 or 9 years of age.”

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