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Henderson man sentenced to prison for possessing child porn

One victim between ages of 9 and 18 months
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Posted at 4:02 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 19:02:28-04

A Henderson resident who pleaded guilty to receiving and possessing more than 47,000 images and videos of child pornography was sentenced today to nine years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

Robert William Surdel, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography, which carries a five year mandatory minimum sentence, and one count of possession of child pornography. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey ordered him to pay $40,000 in restitution to his victims and sentenced him to lifetime supervised release. Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Between November 2016 to January 2017, law enforcement officers were able to download images and videos of child pornography from Surdel’s computers. On February 22, during the execution of a search warrant at Surdel’s residence, he admitted to downloading child pornography using the internet and peer-to-peer programs. A forensic analysis of the seized devices discovered 46,001 images and 1,291 videos of child pornography that he meticulously sorted by subfolders, source, and genre. The longest video recovered during the search was over 26 hours. In one image that was recovered, the victim was only between 9 and 18 months of age.