Laotian immigrant admits taking child-porn photos with phone
A Rochester man admitted today that he used his cellular phone to take two sexually explicit photos of a 6-year-old girl.
Vang Khammanivong, 60, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a felony of possession of child pornography. He faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of $250,000 when he’s sentenced Nov. 6.
Khammanivong, a native of Laos, emigrated to the United States in 1986, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick. He is not a naturalized U.S. citizen and faces the likelihood of deportation after he serves his prison term, Judge Charles J. Siragusa told him.
Khammanivong pleaded guilty to state charges of use of a child in a sexual performance in August 2006 and received 10 years probation. Federal prosecutors felt the crime was serious enough to warrant federal prosecution, which carries more severe penalties, Resnick said.
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