Sadistic Child Porn Possession Trips U.S. Marine

Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse (Photo by R. Scott Moxley)

Federal prosecutors in Orange County believed Jose Lanzaorellana deserved to spend 78 months in prison after being caught in 2015 possessing more than 600 images of “sadistic or masochistic conduct” involving prepubescent children.

In January, Lanzaorella—an Irvine resident who served in the U.S. Marines—pleaded guilty in hopes of winning a term of no more than 18 months of incarceration because he says he’s “given up pornography altogether” and is properly raising his stable children. 

Investigators had caught the defendant using the TOR network to download child pornography from the Playpen website.

Lanzaorella’s defense lawyer told U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter—himself a U.S. Marine combat veteran during the worst Vietnam War battle, Khe Sanh in 1968—that his client collected the porn because of depression as well as a method to fall asleep at night. 

Carter decided the appropriate punishment is 51 months in prison.

The defendant must undergo supervised probation for 10 years upon release, register as sex offender and allow government monitoring of his future computer use, according to the ruling.

Lanzaorella, who was born in March 1974, has until noon on July 22 to self-surrender to the U.S. Marshall inside Santa Ana’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.  

CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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