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Sterling man pleads guilty to child porn charge

Posted: January 21, 2014 - 10:34pm  |  Updated: January 22, 2014 - 10:27am

A Sterling man charged with 25 counts of child pornography charges pleaded guilty to one consolidated count at a change of plea hearing Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse.

A Kenai Grand Jury indicted Michael Padilla, 56, in March 2013 with 21 counts of distribution of child porn, class B felonies, and four counts of possession of child porn, class C felonies. Padilla was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to register as a sex offender and one misdemeanor count of improper use of vehicle plates and registration.

Padilla accepted a deal to plead guilty to one count of possession of child porn. Sentencing calls for 20 years with eight years suspended and 12 to serve followed by six years of probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his lifetime. Sentencing is scheduled for April 23.

The maximum penalty for a class C sex felony is 99 years. The mandatory minimum is 12 years with a sentencing range of 12 to 20 years.

Public Defender Bill Taylor said Padilla did have some concerns about two conditions of probation — maintaining employment and the possibility being requested to take classes other than sex offender treatment.

“When he gets out he’ll likely be over 65 years old and it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to find meaningful full-time employment,” Taylor said.

Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet said he has never seen a probation violation filed for not going to work, especially for someone 65 years old.

According to an Alaska Bureau of Investigation report, in September 2012 Investigator Terrence Shanigan began conducting an online investigation of the distribution and possession of child porn on a file-sharing network. Throughout his investigation, Shanigan tracked a nickname of a network user, which during his arrest Padilla admitted belonged to him. The investigator accessed, through the user’s IP address, multiple videos depicting child porn many of which involved men raping children.

In an affidavit, Shanigan wrote that he served a search warrant to a Sterling house, where Padilla was living in February 2013. Padilla told the investigator he keeps his room locked, his computer is password protected and he is the only one with access to it. Investigators found more than 20 movies containing child porn on Padilla’s desktop computer and more than 10 on a second hard drive. Padilla admitted to accessing the file-sharing network for three to four years and frequently downloading child porn.

Following a 2002 conviction, Padilla was registered as a sex offender, according to records.

Padilla said he did not report his change of residence, vehicle and work to the sex offender registry and that he did not register his new vehicle and put plates from another vehicle onto it, the investigator wrote in his report.

According to Shanigan’s report, police contacted Padilla in other instances during the investigation. In September 2012, employees at a Soldotna hotel called Soldotna Police to report a “suspicious person that was using hotel power and Internet access without permission.” Police trespassed Padilla from the hotel property.

In October 2012, according to records, Kenai Police responded to a report of a vehicle following kids and attempting to verbally contact them in a residential neighborhood. When police reached the scene and contacted Padilla, he told the officer he was trying to make a phone call and that is why he stopped.

Padilla is jailed at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

 

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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