A Cudahy man who previously was convicted in state court of child sex abuse offenses has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of possession of child pornography, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

Jesse Beltran, 35, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles before U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez. The judge scheduled an Aug. 10 sentencing hearing, at which time Beltran will face between 10 and 20 years in federal prison, the DOJ said.

According to his plea agreement, Beltran was convicted in 2008 in Los Angeles Superior Court of two counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14 years of age. He was sentenced to eight years in California state prison for those offenses, according to the DOJ.

Beltran was on parole for that conviction in May 2019 when FBI agents executed a search warrant at his home and recovered a smartphone containing 256 images and 14 videos of child pornography.

The victims in the sexually explicit images and videos included prepubescent children, Beltran admitted in his plea agreement.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.