A Long Beach man is expected to plead guilty Thursday to federal charges alleging child pornography and molestation of a child in Mexico.

Jonathan Sandoval-Lepe, 31, came under investigation in September 2017, when an undercover detective obtained child pornography from him over an online program he used to exchange porn with other users, according to the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force.

During questioning, Sandoval-Lepe implicated himself in the molestation of a child in Mexico, federal prosecutors allege. Electronic devices belonging to the defendant were seized and forensically analyzed.

The victim and her parents were located and interviewed regarding the crimes, according to the FBI. The girl was between 12 and 16 years of age during the molestation.

In September, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned a five-count indictment against Sandoval-Lepe for production, receipt and possession of child pornography, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country, authorities said.

After his guilty plea to the two charges is accepted, Sandoval-Lepe will face up to 50 years in prison and a $500,000 fine at sentencing, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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