A 38-year-old Huntington Beach man was sentenced Friday to 36 years to life in prison for molesting a male relative, starting when he was 5 to 6 years old, in a case that originated with federal authorities arresting him for uploading child pornography.

Jeffrey Adam Tracy was convicted Oct. 16 of two counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger, four counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 and a count of using a minor for sex acts, all felonies.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael Cassidy handed down the sentence, which was short of the maximum of 44 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Bobby Taghavi.

Tracy was characterized as a church worship leader by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, but Taghavi did not know which church he attended.

Federal authorities began investigating Tracy in April of last year for uploading child pornography videos. That led to his arrest in September of last year.

During the federal investigation, authorities discovered the defendant had molested a boy with an undisclosed disability he was related to through marriage between 2008 and 2012, Taghavi said.

Tracy videotaped some of the sex acts with the boy and emailed the files to acquaintances, Taghavi said.

“That kid will continue to be victimized every time someone shares or opens those files forever,” Taghavi said. “That’s how it is with every child pornography case.”

The victim’s grandmother told Cassidy how the trial evidence affected her.

“I still get sick to this day as I cannot get the visions and words out of my mind,” she said. “I simply cannot understand how anyone could do such a cruel and inhumane thing to such a sweet and innocent child or to any child.”

City News Service

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