A Hudson Valley man received a significant prison sentence for sexually abusing a young girl, keeping images of the abuse and possessing child porn.

In White Plains federal court, 60-year-old Edward Diaz of Campbell Hall was sentenced over 17 years in prison, stemming from his sexual exploitation of a minor, related child pornography offenses and attempts to hinder the federal investigation concerning his criminal conduct.

According to the allegations in court:

      • On or about April 1, 2016, Diaz used his personal email to send himself an email attaching three images of child pornography.
      • Diaz’s internet service provider flagged the email as potentially containing child pornography and provided it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
      • A representative reviewed the email, confirmed child porn, and notified the United States Postal Inspection Service.
      • On June 13, 2016, agents interviewed Diaz at his home.
      • During the interview, agents noticed a laptop in the home. Diaz denied using his laptop to view child pornography.
      • Agents left to obtain a search warrant, but when they returned the laptop was gone.
        Diaz, at first, told officials he didn’t own a laptop, but later said it was out for repair.
      • The laptop hasn’t been recovered.
      • During a subsequent search of Diaz’s home, agents found an SD Card.
      • An FBI forensic analysis, revealed five deleted images of child porn on the SD card.
      • Some images showed a pre-pubescent girl engaged in a sex act with Diaz.

“Edward Diaz sexually abused a child, and then kept digital images depicting that abuse,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said. “For his predatory conduct, Diaz received the significant prison term his crime deserves.”

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