The U.S. Attorney's Office reported that a former Orange County social worker has pleaded guilty to federal charges of distributing child pornography. Carlos Castillo, of Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to one federal count admitting that he distributed video files that contained sexually explicit videos depicting children, including infants and toddlers.
Castillo admitted in his plea agreement that he worked at Orange County's Social Service Agency for nearly 20 years. During his tenure, Castillo was responsible for child home placement and completing home environment assessment. In November of 2019, Castillo knowingly distributed three video files depicting prepubescent children.
Castillo further admitted that he possessed a computer, two flash drives, and an Apple iPhone which all contained at least 1,000 videos and 914 images of child pornography. Some of the videos were recorded by Castillo himself from LiveMe.
Castillo will be sentenced on April 19, 2021 before U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney. Castillo faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum of 20 years in federal prison.
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